Come and be part of a student led movement in STEAM and Entrepreneurship!

Friday 9 August 2019

Most conferences currently being offered on STEM, STEAM and Entrepreneurship tend to be targeted towards teachers and involve a series of speakers and the occasional mini-workshops. This conference is designed to be different. This conference is co-designed and co-led by students and teachers for students and teachers.

The intent of the “It Takes a Spark” conference is to bring together Girls and their Teachers to connect with inspiring female industry role models, share their current school based activities and projects using an authentic sharing and experiential model, create networks of teachers and student teams, and solve social justice design challenges.

The participation of the students is as important as teachers as our intent is to ignite, empower and nurture both students and teachers to be leaders of STEAM and Entrepreneurship within their schools. This is a conference designed and led by students and teachers for students and teachers.

Teachers will have both formal and informal opportunities to speak to other teachers who have enacted programs and activities in their schools and get their questions answered.

The workshops and social justice design challenges are all hands-on so students and teachers will experience first-hand what it is like to be part of great STEAM and entrepreneurial learning. This will spark new ideas about curriculum and pedagogy.

Who Should Attend

  • Students Year 4 to 10 – who are already (or aspire to be) STEAM Leaders in your school
  • Teachers – those who have little experience and also those who are looking to extend themselves
  • Heads of Learning Areas / Curriculum – who wish to discuss how to create trans-disciplinary units that are powerfully engaging
  • Principals and Deputy Principals – to witness what is possible by embedding the Technologies Curriculum in your school

INTRODUCING THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

AMY HEFFERNAN
Field Application Specialist at SCIEX

Research Fellow at University of Queensland
Superstar of STEM

DR TALITHA BEST
Research Scientist and Psychologist
Associate Professor at Central Queensland University

Amy Heffernan is an analytical chemist specialising in mass spectrometry, a technique used to map the chemical fingerprint of food, drugs and living cells. She combines chemistry, critical thinking and technology to solve complex problems in the environment and human health. Amy was recognised as an inaugural Superstar of STEM by Science & Technology Australia, and is passionate about diversity and inclusion in science and business.

Talitha Best is both a research scientist and a registered psychologist. In her research she investigates how nutrition and certain nutrients influence the thinking and memory in adults. As a psychologist she promotes strategies to support optimal well-being through community education. She is passionate about empowering health and well-being in all people!

PROGRAM

We will have the brightest educators, organisations and girls who are passionate about STEAM lead either Teacher Oriented Mini-Master Classes and/or Student Oriented DigiDesign Mini Workshops. These sessions are short, sharp action packed with activities / communications. No waffle!

Teacher Mini-Master Classes – 45 minutes

Who will present: senior students and / or teachers / university / industry / sponsors

Audience: Teachers

Embedding STEAM into curriculum
Showcase projects, eg app design, creativity, circular design
Beginning to advanced teachers
Brilliant PD and conference presenter
Share knowledge and create networks

DigiDesign Mini Workshops – 45 minutes

Who will present: students and / or teachers / university / sponsors / organisations

Audience: Students Years 4-10 and Teachers

Girls inspiring girls
Interactive, hands on STEAM or entrepreneurial activities
Girls grow in confidence by sharing ideas / innovation
Unique public speaking opportunity

Participate in Social Justice Design Challenges.

In the past we had challenges varying from An Age Old Problem, Bee-pocalypse, TurtleGate, and supporting mobility impaired students to shine.

Each session will have a different real life design or STEAM challenge to solve aimed at Year 4 – 10 students
This session is an opportunity for schools, universities, industry, or community organisations to pose real life design challenges and lead student through the design process to ideate and present possible solutions.

Teacher Mini-Masterclasses

Creator Kids for Teachers

Drones in STEM Education

Learning Algebra through Gamification

CS Unplugged in the Classroom

Experimentary with Dr Rob

Digi-Design Mini Workshops

Future City Makers – 3D Design, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

iCreate – Invention Convention

What’s in the Box?

An Introduction to Aboriginal Astronomy

Young Changemakers

Experimentary with Dr Rob

Creator Kids

Capture the Flag

Introduction to EV3 Mindstorm Robotics

More than Bits and Bytes – Binary Unplugged

Controlling Circuits with Arduinos

Exploring Robotics and Engineering

Snap Rovers – Circuits to Motion!

Scratch and Micro:bits

Problem Solvers Design Challenge

Each session has a different real life design or STEAM challenge to solve aimed at Year 4 to 10 students.  You will be posed with a real life design challenge and lead through the design process to ideate and present possible solutions.

Dream & Design – as innovative global citizens

An Age Old Problem

Why Waste Water?

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

FLOW OF THE DAY

TIME

EVENT / ACTIVITY

LOCATION

8.15 AM

REGISTRATION, COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING

8.45 AM

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Welcome to Participants, Set up for the Day, Housekeeping

Main Room

9.00 AM

Keynote Speaker – Amy Heffernan

Theme: Being someone who makes a difference using the skills inherent in STEAM and Entrepreneurship (Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Courage)

Main Room

9.35 AM

TEACHER ORIENTED MINI-MASTER CLASSES (Rotation 1)

  • 45 min sessions
  • Parallel sessions
  • Presented by attending teachers / universities / industry
  • Mini-master classes for teachers to explore specific aspect of embedding STEAM in their curriculum (e.g. App design, Creativity, Circular Design, Integrated STEAM, etc.)
  • Various sessions will address beginning teachers, next step and extending

Breakout Rooms

Pre-registration required

9.35 AM

DIGIDESIGN MINI-WORKSHOPS (Rotation 1)

  • 45 min sessions
  • For teachers and students
  • Parallel workshop stations
  • Workshops demonstrate hands-on STEAM and / or entrepreneurial activities for Year 4 – Year 10 students
  • Presented by attending students / teachers / universities / sponsors / organisations

Breakout Rooms

Pre-registration required

10.25 AM

MORNING TEA

An opportunity to network with other teachers and students, and explore trade displays.

11.00 AM

PROBLEM SOLVERS

  • 90 min session – parallel sessions aimed at Year 4 – 10 students
  • This session is an opportunity for universities, industry, schools, or community organisations to pose real life design challenges and lead students through the design process to ideate and present possible solutions.

Outcome: Students to create and deliver a pitch of their solution by the end of the session

Breakout Rooms

Pre-registration required

12.35 PM

LUNCH

An opportunity to network with other teachers and students, and explore trade displays.

1.20 PM

Keynote Speaker – Dr Talitha Best

Theme: Being someone who makes a difference using the skills inherent in STEAM and Entrepreneurship (Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Courage)

Main Room

1.55 PM

TEACHER ORIENTED MINI-MASTER CLASSES (Rotation 2)

  • 45 min sessions
  • Parallel sessions
  • Presented by attending teachers / universities / industry
  • Various sessions will address beginning teachers, next step and extending

Breakout Rooms

Pre-registration required

1.55 PM

DIGIDESIGN MINI-WORKSHOPS (Rotation 2)

  • 45 min sessions
  • For teachers and students
  • Parallel work stations
  • Workshops demonstrate hands-on STEAM and / or entrepreneurial activities for Year 4 – Year 10 students
  • Presented by attending students / teachers / universities / sponsors / organisations

Breakout Rooms

Pre-registration required

2.45 PM

WHERE TO FROM HERE

  • Awarding of prizes to attendees, conference feedback
  • Opportunity for teachers and students to meet with university and industry experts, expert teachers and inspiring students.
  • The intent of this session is to build connections and networks to continue growing and learning after the conference.

Main Room

3.30 PM

FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for next year

Main Room

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

VENUE
MOUNT ALVERNIA COLLEGE
82 Cremorne Rd

Kedron QLD 4031

DATE  Friday 9 August 2018

TIME / AGENDA  8.15am open
8.45am start – 3.30pm finish

CONFERENCE RATES

Early bird Teacher $135*
Teacher $195
Student Teacher $66
Student $30

inclusive of GST, morning tea and lunch
*book by 21 June

When registering payment methods are via invoice and direct deposit within 14 days, for full details click on the register button. Alternatively call Rachel on +61 (0) 411 270 277  to coordinate your registration.

The Steering Committee

Daniel Crump – Mount Alvernia College
Brett Crawford – STEM Champion Education QLD
Kirsty Schultz – Parklands Christian College
Jodi-Ann Gulley – Brisbane Catholic Education
Linda Clark – Mount Alvernia College
Rebecca Harris – Independent Schools QLD
Adrian Bertolini – Intuyu Consulting

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Spark Scholarships

In-kind sponsors

Conference Organiser

CONTACT US

Rachel Manneke-Jones

Registration & Bookings
Ph: 0411 270 277
E: rachel@spark-educonferences.com.au

Dr Adrian Bertolini

Conference Co-Ordinator
Ph: 0413 036 382
E: adrian@spark-educonferences.com.au