Creating STEM innovators through high quality educational programs
Conference Date
29th & 30th August 2017
Location
CQ Functions, Melbourne
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Day 1 - Tuesday 29th August, 2017

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
David Simpson
Head of Science - Middle School
Haileybury
8:40
Developing world class robotics
  • A whole school approach to Robotics
  • Engaging all ages and genders
  • Robotics and Curriculum impact
  • Future developments and STEAM goals
Tim Milkins
Head of Computer Science
Barker College
9:20
STEM – Where is the Maths?
Kelly Watson
Year 5 Teacher
The Geelong College
James Colbert
Year 5 Learning Mentor
The Geelong College
10:00
TIME TO TALK: How can we better align primary & secondary school STEM?

What are the biggest challenges faced when students transition from primary to secondary school? Delegates will split into groups to identify obstacles and how primary and secondary schools can collaborate to overcome these.

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
HANDS ON SESSION: Manufacture your own Wrist Watch!

Understand how this design project develops an understanding of emerging manufacturing technologies as you manufacture a Wrist watch and package it for retail sale.

James Moloney
Head of Faculty Design & Technology
Anglican Church Grammar School
12:00
Networking lunch
1:00
The importance of well resourced staff. Engaging teachers in STEM through;
  • Developing an understanding of why STEM is so important for our students
  • Exploring how to meet student outcomes while engaging students in real world activities
  • Introducing practical, engaging, inexpensive STEM
Mark Woolley
Education Officer
Catholic Education Office, Wollongong
PRIMARY SCHOOL STREAM
1:40
Educating the educators… The challenge

Delegates will break into small groups to develop a plan on how to build teacher capability and support teachers to innovate and be confident in their ability to deliver STEM. Plans can then be submitted to our judging panel and a winning team will be selected!

2:20
Afternoon tea & networking
2:50
Embedding STEM – from the beginning
  • Assessing availability of resources
  • Providing teachers the skills they need
  • Planning and action of projects
Geraldine Drabble
Deputy of Junior School - Curriculum
St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School
3:30
Case Study: Girls can do anything!
Kellie Morgan
Director of Early Learning and Junior Years
Melbourne Girls Grammar
Becky Glenton
Assistant Director of Students Junior Years
Melbourne Girls Grammar
SECONDARY SCHOOL STREAM
1:40
Educating the educators… The challenge

Delegates will break into small groups to develop a plan on how to increase teacher engagement in STEM. Plans can then be submitted to our judging panel and a winning team will be selected!

2:20
Afternoon tea & networking
2:50
The whole school approach to STEM
  • Mapping out your school’s vision and goals
  • Breaking down department silos
  • Embedding STEM across the curriculum
Melissa D’amico
STEM Curriculum Leader
St Columba’s College
3:30
Case Study: Astronomy & STEM
  • Applied STEM in the classroom
  • Using the Concept Map to identify STEM in your subject
  • Differentiation in STEM
Pascal Roulant
VCAL Curriculum Coordinator & Member, School Improvement Team
Penola Catholic College
4:10
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
Workshop D: Integrating STEM into your schools
Tuesday 29th August 2017, 4:30pm – 7:30pm

The workshop

There is no fixed framework for developing the best STEM program and each school’s needs differ, however, there are a number of obstacles all schools face when at the beginning of their STEM journey. This workshop will outline the most common challenges faced, share solutions to overcome these challenges and then develop innovative ideas to kick-start your schools’ STEM program.

Attend & learn how to:

  • Engage teachers across departments and year levels
  • Design professional learning opportunities that hook teaching staff
  • Give students a voice and choice through student leadership
  • Cater for a range of ages and capabilities

*Refreshments and dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

Debora Lipson
Coordinator: Science Education (Primary and Secondary) Coordinator: Mathematics Education (Secondary) College of Education
Victoria University
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Day 2 - Wednesday 30th August, 2017

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
David Simpson
Head of Science - Middle School
Haileybury
8:40
Implementing PBL in the curriculum
  • Covering content and meeting learning outcomes in PBL
  • Incorporating future work skills and using technology purposefully to enhance learning
  • Looking at student work to highlight the power of student choice and voice
  • Assessing PBL and measuring success
Celinda Corsini
Flipped Learning Expert & PBL Practitioner, Leader of Pedagogy & Learning
Rosebank College
9:20
JIGSAW QUESTIONS

Delegates will split into small teams to each work on a problem, the group will then reconvene to listen to findings of the groups. So delegates gain an understanding of how to solve all of the issues in the room.

10:00
Morning tea & networking
10:30
Getting the most from your STEM centre
  • Developing a resource to support the teaching of STEM
  • Allowing for a range of capabilities
  • Overcoming key challenges
Mark Pacey
Head of STEM
Trinity Anglican School
11:10
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Students’ project showcase – this is your chance to hear from the makers themselves

12:00
Networking lunch
1:00
ON THE SPOT LESSON PLANNING

In this session our student spotlights will identify a common interest between them. Adam and Scott will then demonstrate how to create a mathematics application task, on the spot, in the context of the common interest decided by the students!

Adam Kruger
Head of Learning (Mathematics)
Wesley College
Scott Rumble
Senior School Leader
Parkdale Secondary School
PRIMARY SCHOOL STREAM
1:40
PRACTICAL SESSION: Technology for K-6
Amanda Dodson
Coordinator of STEM & K-2 Stage Leader
St Catherines School, Waverley
2:20
Afternoon tea & networking
2:50
Implementing a Tinker Space
Sallyann Burtenshaw
STEM Co-ordinator
St Bernard’s Primary School
3:30
Industry & STEM – it’s all about the process
Christie Evans
Year 6/7 Teacher
Edwardstown Primary School
Sue Gaardboe
Assistant Principal
Brighton Primary School
SECONDARY SCHOOL STREAM
1:40
CoRE – the experiential, project based learning program
Suzy Urbaniak
Earth & Environmental Science Teacher
Kent Street High School
2:20
Afternoon tea & networking
2:50
Developing strategic partnerships with industry
Emma Handford
Business Partnership Manager
Department for Education & Child
3:30
CASE STUDY: The car restoration project
Alisha Thompson
Head of STEM
Wenona School
4:10
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day Two
Workshop A: How to apply a contextual approach to mathematics
Monday 28th August 2017, 9.30am - 12.30pm

The workshop

Mathematics is the cornerstone of STEM, but engaging students in maths has always been a challenge. An effective way to increase engagement is by providing students with relevant, real-world examples. This interactive workshop will help you develop a fresh approach to engaging students in maths and provide a toolkit of skills to take away for both primary and secondary settings.

Attend & learn how to:

  • Bring real world context to your maths classes
  • Develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • Link what students are learning to future careers

*Refreshments provided

Price: $499 + GST

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Felicity Furey
Founding Director
Machinam
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Workshop B: Inspiring girls into STEM
Monday 28th August 2017, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

The workshop

The STEM disciplines are dominated by males, from a young age girls are often put off of study STEM subjects and it is evident that a targeted approach to engaging girls in STEM is needed. But what can schools do to increase girls participation in STEM?

Attend & learn how to:

  • How to make STEM more attractive to female students
  • The way girls learn more effectively
  • Design rigorous but engaging curriculum that appeals to girls
  • The importance of female role models

*Refreshments provided

Price: $499 + GST

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Emma Jones
Head of Subject - Junior Technologies
Brisbane Girls Grammar
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Workshop C: How to implement coding into the curriculum
Monday 28th August 2017, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

The workshop

Coding is an essential part of the Digital Technologies Curriculum, and will soon be a part of most 21st Century professions. Not only is it a highly important skill for students to learn, but it also develops successful problem solving and thinking skills.

Attend & learn how to:

  • Fit programming in with everyday teaching practice
  • Structure a course with coding in mind
  • Achieve learning outcomes through coding practices
  • Develop students computational thinking

*Refreshments and dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

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Nicola O'Brien
Founder
Code Rangers
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Workshop D: Integrating STEM into your schools
Tuesday 29th August 2017, 4:30pm – 7:30pm

The workshop

There is no fixed framework for developing the best STEM program and each school’s needs differ, however, there are a number of obstacles all schools face when at the beginning of their STEM journey. This workshop will outline the most common challenges faced, share solutions to overcome these challenges and then develop innovative ideas to kick-start your schools’ STEM program.

Attend & learn how to:

  • Engage teachers across departments and year levels
  • Design professional learning opportunities that hook teaching staff
  • Give students a voice and choice through student leadership
  • Cater for a range of ages and capabilities

*Refreshments and dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

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Debora Lipson
Coordinator: Science Education (Primary and Secondary) Coordinator: Mathematics Education (Secondary) College of Education
Victoria University
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Key Speakers

Kellie Morgan
Kellie Morgan
Director of Early Learning and Junior Years
Melbourne Girls Grammar
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Tim Milkins
Head of Computer Science
Barker College
suzy urbaniak
Suzy Urbaniak
Earth & Environmental Science Teacher
Kent Street High School
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Sue Gaardboe
Assistant Principal
Brighton Primary School