The majority of schools and teachers have already begun to implement STEM into their schools, but how do we ensure we are getting the most out of our STEM programs?
The 7th 'Improving STEM Education' conference will offer case studies, practical examples and hands-on sessions to provide you with a toolkit of new STEM ideas, skills and activities to implement in your own classroom - so be ready to roll up your sleeves and get involved!
In addition, this conference will also see the launch of our ‘Making STEM a Primary Priority’ stream, specifically focused on the implementation of STEM in the primary setting.Agenda highlights
- On the spot lesson planning
- Robotics for the whole school
- Aligning primary and secondary school STEM
- Manufacture your own wrist watch
- Meeting learning outcomes through PBL
- 60% Heads of: Science, Maths, Technologies
- 15% Heads of STEM
- 10% Curriculum Coordinators
- 10% Principals & Deputy Principals
- 5% Teaching & Learning
Attend to learn:
- Embed a whole of school STEM approach
- Align STEM with industry
- Make the most out of your resources
- Make STEM a primary priority
Melbourne Girls Grammar
Mrs Kellie Morgan joined Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2014. She is the Director of Early Learning and Junior Years at Melbourne Girls Grammar. With over twenty years experience in early childhood and primary education including a variety of leadership roles, Kellie remains passionate and inspired by the way children learn. She is an exemplary teacher whose knowledge of contemporary curriculum and child development is very strong. Kellie is a committed educator, who is passionate about nurturing the learning, development, and wellbeing of girls.
Tim Milkins is a passionate educational leader with backgrounds in the academic development and pastoral care of students. He is currently the Head of Computer Science at Barker College, is a member of the school’s STEAM program and is involved in the management of Robotics. His experiences include leadership in a range of contexts, the development and implementation of technology-based curriculum in both Australia and the UK and exploration of pedagogical developments and practices.
Kent Street High School
Suzy is the 2016 winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Dip Ed Secondary.
Suzy loves rocks and climbs volcanoes in her spare time. She has always been passionate and curious about the Earth, its wonders and how it works. Suzy graduated with honours from ANU in 1988 and started work as a geologist in the Great Sandy Desert, WA at the Telfer Gold Mine. She found some ‘ounces’ and thoroughly enjoyed the implementation of the scientific process to find new ore deposits. After a stint in Kalgoorlie, she then became a single mother to 3 boys and spent many years doing various short term jobs to support her family.
Teaching science and promoting geoscience literacy became her career pathway from 2004. In her classes, students are scientists. They learn how to think, problem solve and create solutions to situations. Suyz’s motto is #therealclassroom and science is about ‘doing’ not passively completing worksheets or prescriptive science practicals. Her learning environment is analogous to an industry work situation and the students work collaboratively in a project based learning scenario. Field trips are a significant component of her teaching-learning practices. Students are visual learners and it is through these experiences that they understand how theoretical science applies to real world context. It is through this process that she believes science learning is fun!
A passionate advocate of trans-disciplinarian, STEAM based learning, Suzy ensures that her students are exposed to external events and programs so that they also develop their enterprising skills. She has developed CoRE (Center of Resources Excellence) an experiential, project based learning programs for lower school to ensure her students work collaboratively, to problem solve contextual set, real world problems.
Suzy maintains her industry networks and is abreast of technological developments within industry. Her role as Chair of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, WA Branch, helps promote this association. Suzy’s students also collaborate with industry representatives and developments within industry. Her role as Chair of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, WA Branch, helps promote this association.
Brighton Primary School
Sue has been working in the public education system in Primary Schools in Adelaide since she arrived there from the UK in 2005. With a first degree in Applied Science, and a career which has seen her teaching in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions, her latest passion is for discovering meaningful ways to implement the use of digital technologies across the curriculum. This, combined with a deep fascination for the Sciences, made an interest in the application of STEM in her teaching inevitable. Sue has just come from a secondment to UniSA where she was helping them develop an exciting facility for teaching and researching on student learning in STEM and digital technologies.
SEQTA Software is a multi-award-winning K-12 education software that unifies and comprehensively manages all aspects of a school’s teaching and learning. Its intuitive LMS is modelled on teachers’ actual workflows to provide unprecedented efficiency. By bringing together multiple information sources into one easy-to-use LMS, SEQTA liberates teachers from labour-intensive, disparate and fragmented software or paper-based systems.
SEQTA’s LMS enables schools to manage attendance, student welfare, lesson planning, curriculum mapping, marking and academic reporting, while engaging teachers, administrators parents and students in an interactive, supportive online community.
What People Are Saying
“Attending the ‘Improving STEM Education Conference’ was a great opportunity to witness the amazing work that schools all around Australia are doing in the area of STEM. I was inspired by many of the presenters to make STEM a more prominent part of our school culture”Holy Family Primary School & STEM Sydney 2017 conference attendee
Date: 24 Jul 2017 By: Sallyann Burtenshaw
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Date: 25 May 2017 By: Maisie Holder
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Date: 24 May 2017 By: Jessica Farrelly
Suzy Urbaniak was the 2016 winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. She is Earth & Environmental Science Teacher at Kent Street High School, and an advocate of trans-disciplinarian, STEAM based learning. A Geologist by profession, she found the classroom to be completely disconnected from the reality of … Continue reading ‘I don’t like being called a teacher. I consider myself a facilitator of learning’
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75% OF FUTURE JOBS WILL REQUIRE STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS) SKILLS.
Yet just 16% of high-school graduates are enrolling in STEM degrees in Australia. In 10 years’ time, how will rapid technological change affect our future career choices? One thing is clear; we don’t know what the careers of the future will be. The STEM careers magazines set out to help you discover, invent and collaborate on the careers of the future.
Students today will experience around eight major career shifts. Many of these shifts will be into jobs that have digital technologies as their basis. We know that 44% of the jobs that are around today wont exist in 20 years. A strong foundation of knowledge in STEM will prepare you for a rapidly changing career path, and gives you the knowhow you need to stay flexible and adaptable in the job marketplace.
Studying science or engineering doesn’t just prepare you to be a scientist or an engineer (although there are plenty of high-flying industry jobs in these areas). It also gives you a strong basis for working in business, health, fashion, journalism, law and much more. It helps you to understand how the world works, how we create the technology that we use to survive and how we can thrive on a planet facing huge challenges in terms of food security, population shifts and climate change.
Taking these skills along with your passion into new areas puts you at the forefront of the new knowledge generation, and gives you the tools you need to address these challenges.
We hope you find some inspiration to combine STEM with your ‘X’ factor, or passion. Whatever you decide to do.
Refraction undertakes end-to-end project management of eye-catching publications, apps, videos and animation, writing and education resources that excite people about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). We believe that STEM is the future – and we aim to create the next generation of inspired people who can use their STEM skills to make a better planet.