Enabling industry collaboration to develop STEM & optimise student learning
Conference Date
13th August 2019
Mercure Sydney
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Day 1 - Tuesday 13th August, 2019

Registration, coffee & networking
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Felicity Furey
Power of Engineering
Empowering teachers & engaging students with STEM in the classroom

In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to learn how to imagine and create a unique Raspberry Pi or Arduino based STEM project. You will learn how to find resources and adapt materials into developing a semester’s unit of work.  You will explore different teaching approaches and develop a teaching and assessment plan. You will unpack the different types of assessments you can use for STEM Projects.

Understand the ways in which you can strengthen your STEM leadership skills and drive the importance of STEM education into students.

Attend & learn

Tools for assessment of STEM projects- formative and authentic assessment

·  The tools needed to empower teachers in STEM

·  New project ideas and lesson plans to engage students in STEM

Key Takeaways: project assessment template and project plans

Sanjay Sharma
Information Technology Teacher
Canberra College
Project Spotlight
Morning tea & networking

This is an interactive opportunity to get to know the STEM stakeholders in the room and understand their STEM journeys

Embedding cross-curricular STEM

This practical solution based two hour session will allow you to get hands on and address the challenges with embedding cross-curricular STEM within your school.

Attend & learn

  • How to implement STEM in a crowded curriculum
  • The benefits of integrating cross-curricular STEM
  • Introducing STEM outside the STEM disciplines
  • Building a STEM project using limited financial resources
Lucas Johnson
Research and Development Manager STEM Education Faculty of Education
Monash University
Networking lunch
How to engage students in maths using real world context

This workshop will show you how you can apply a contextual approach to mathematics concepts to engage students by linking what they are learning in class to their own lives and future careers.

Attend & learn how to

  • Bring relevant, real world examples to your classroom
  • Develop a toolkit of activities and resources for applying real life context in maths classes
  • Bring a real world context to your maths classes to engage students in what they are learning
Felicity Furey
Power of Engineering
Afternoon tea & networking
Developing valuable partnerships with industry

Building industry relationships is crucial for schools to build their STEM environment and drive student motivation and success. In this interactive session you will learn how to effectively work well with industry and universities to promote and build your STEM programs.

Attend & learn how to

  • Implement the right strategy – Project based learning vs Industry based learning
  • Different delivery models for embedding STEM across curriculum
  • Motivate students to be independent over their work
  • Use open lesson plans
  • Realise the benefits of opportunities from industry
  • Benefits of industry assessment on STEM projects

Key Takeaways: valuable industry contacts, open lesson plans, project plans

Darren Rackerman
Deputy Head of Community, Hillcrest Christian College
Co-Founder of MakeThink
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: STEM School Site Tour
Wednesday 14th August 2019, 9.00am - 5.00pm

The Site Tour
Having the right space for STEM learning to take place can have a huge impact on student outcomes. To ensure your spaces are adaptable and suitable to a range of needs, join the full day school tour exploring your city’s most innovative schools and learning environments.

STEM schools we will be visiting

  • Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon
  • ANZAC Park Public School, Cammeray
  • Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview

Price: $799 + GST

* Travel, refreshments & lunch provided
* The Site Tour will commence from Mercure Sydney at 8.30am for a 9.00am start
* Transport from & back to Mercure Sydney will be provided

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Key Speakers

Felicity Furey
Power of Engineering
Sanjay Sharma
Information Technology Teacher
Canberra College