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

Thursday 12 September 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 designed and 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 girls 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

DR KUDZAI KANHUTU
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Superstar of STEM

BONNIE COXON
Principal Engineer, Newcrest Mining
Superstar of STEM

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu is an infectious diseases and telemedicine doctor based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).  Her research is focussed on the role that digital technologies can play in enabling better access to care for marginalised communities. This year Kudzai is most looking forward to travelling to the UK and USA to learn how artificial intelligence is being used to improve patient care. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, dancing, racing remote control cars and learning about astronomy.

Did you know that electric cars rely on over 7 different metals to fuel their function? As a Principal Engineer, Bonnie Coxon is playing a part in driving a sustainable future by combining her engineering skills with her ability to lead social change and create a new mining future. Bonnie is passionate about championing women in STEM and is involved with Sisters in Science and is on the committee of the Women in Mining Network.

PROGRAM

We will have the brightest educators, organisations and students 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

Students inspiring students
Interactive, hands on STEAM or entrepreneurial activities
Students 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.

2018 Program examples...

Integrating STEAM – ZEP Island

Melbourne Girls’ College STEAM Room

Engineering and Robotics

Starting STEAM – student & teacher perspectives

Engaging Students with Virtual Reality

Programming Drones

Sharing STEAM Ideas Forum

EV3 Engineering / Coding Session

Detecting Natural Disasters

Coding & electronics with Micro:bit

Coding with Minecraft and Python

Learning STEAM with Zorb Balls

Problem Solvers Design Challenge

Educating Girls in Sierra Leone

Technology to Enhance Social Skills

Mapping towns of tomorrow from the plans of today

Product of the Future

Transportable Education Unit

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

Auditorium

9.00 AM

Keynote Speaker – Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

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

Auditorium

9.45 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

9.45 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

10.35 AM

MORNING TEA

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

11.10 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

12.45 PM

LUNCH

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

1.20 PM

Keynote Speaker – Bonnie Coxon

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

Auditorium

2.00 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

2.00 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

2.50 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.

3.30 PM

FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for next year

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

VENUE
THOMAS CARR COLLEGE
35 Thomas Carr Dr,
Tarneit VIC 3029

DATE
Thursday 12 September 2019

TIME / AGENDA
8.15am open

8.45am start – 3.30pm finish

CONFERENCE RATES

Early bird Teacher $135*
Teacher Full fee $195
Student teacher $66

Student $30
inclusive of GST, morning tea and lunch
*book by 31/08/2019

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

Liana Gooch – Korowa Girls School
Sid Verma – BrainSTEM
Wendy Keen-Melbourne Girls College
Lucy Angelico – Thomas Carr College
Phil Carew – Toorak College
Shelley Waldon – Catholic Education Melbourne
Karen Terry – St Helena’s Secondary
Adrian Bertolini – Intuyu Consulting

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

In-kind Sponsor

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