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The It Takes a Spark! STEM Conference inspires and engages forward thinking students, teachers and leaders in STEAM.
Since 2017 over 6,728 Teachers and Students have been directly and positively impacted by their attendance.
2024 host schools include Grace Lutheran College QLD, The Knox School VIC, Launceston Church Grammar TAS, and Peter Carnley Anglican Community School WA.
Unique content to each location as the conference is ‘Designed by Students and Teachers for Students and Teachers’.
WE CREATE SPARKS IN LEARNING FOR TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS!
The program is different to many conferences namely it is intended for both Teachers and Students to attend.
The brightest educators, organisations and students who are passionate about STEAM will lead either a teacher oriented Mini-Master Class, a teacher and student co-learning DigiDesign Mini Workshop and/or a Problem Solvers Design Challenge. These hands-on sessions are short, sharp and action packed.
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PREVIOUS KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Inspiring teachers and students alike these outstanding keynote speakers graced the stage in our previous conferences bringing their unique perspective, humour and commitment to showcasing STEAM.
DR NATASHA HURLEY-WALKER
Natasha has been working with a new radio telescope in outback Western Australia to create a map of the entire sky. Her radio images allow you to see not just our solar system, or our own Milky Way, but some of the most distant objects in the Universe: supermassive black holes emitting cosmic jets into space billions of light years away.
PROFESSOR JONTI HORNER
Jonti is a Professor at the Centre for Astrophysics, USQ. He is an astronomer and astrobiologist whose research interests include the search for planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets), the formation and evolution of our Solar system, and the factors that come together to make a given planet (like the Earth) more or less suitable for the development and survival of life.
DR JENNIFER LAVERS
Jennifer is a marine eco-toxicologist with expertise in seabird ecology and plastic pollution. The long term monitoring of seabird colonies has taken her to remote locations around the globe. Ultimately, Jennifer hopes her research will contribute significantly to the responsible use of plastic products as well as the management of wildlife at risk from plastic ingestion across the globe.
DR HEIDI PASS
Heidi is a keen speaker, a passionate leader and inspiring pioneer and STEM role model. One of two women globally to achieve the role of Chief Geochemist at a major mining company, she uses her analytical mind, ore deposit knowledge and natural curiosity to unlock the Earth’s secrets in the search for gold deposits.
DR KARI PITTS
Kari is the Senior Chemist and Mineralogist in the Physical Evidence Team of ChemCentre’s Forensic Science Laboratory. Her expertise is analysing remnants of everyday life left at crime scenes; paint, glass, gunshot residue, soils, fibres, and anything else that isn’t biological, a drug or radioactive.
Megan created the Australian-first telepresence robot initiative connecting students with serious illness to their classrooms. She is a social innovator with experience across 24 countries in large-scale social change. She’s a Churchill Fellow, a keynote and TEDx Speaker, and an award-winning education ambassador for sick kids. She has co-founded a nationally transformative not-for-profit, and tech startups in the global development and the assistive robotics sector.
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