22 Nov 2021
Congratulations to SISP Program leader Dr Scott Sleap who has been recently awarded the 2021 National Leadership Award in the University of Newcastle Alumni Excellence Awards.
Read more about his story and award in the story below from the University of Newcastle website.
2021 National Leadership Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Engineering) 2015, Bachelor of Education 1996
STEM Project Advisor 7-12, NSW Department of Education
Dr Scott Sleap is a national STEM education leader who pioneers visionary programs, linking industry and education, to support the development of Australia’s future workforce.
Scott leads the STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program for the NSW Department of Education and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. The SISP program won the NSW Secretary’s Award for Excellence in 2019 and components of his work have been identified as world’s best practice by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
“In recent years it's been about getting teachers to be able to teach STEM in a way that allows students to really get engaged. Instead of the teacher being the fount of all knowledge, we work with students so that they become the leader of the learning. If you look at educational theory, a student might retain five percent of what they hear from a teacher. But, if they actually do it and experience the learning, the recall goes up to 70, 80, 90 percent.”
Between 2015 and 2017, Scott was Director of a $5.2 million STEM school/industry skilling initiative, where he established himself as a leader in STEM education and workforce development.
“The biggest problem in STEM is the steady decline it has undergone since the 1990s,” said Scott.