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

Thursday 12 September 2019

Host School - Thomas Carr College

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.

Teacher Mini-Master Classes

Coding and Robotics: A Whole School Primary Approach

Real World Ambitious Projects

Design using CAD/CAM

Ukit Experience Class for Teachers

Connecting the dots – making learning real in Middle Years through STEM

Advanced projects using Micro:bit

Connecting Girls and STEM Careers – The Girls in STEM Toolkit

Student and Teacher Digi-Design Mini Workshops

Bite Sized Game Design for the Classroom

Robot Science

Using Spheros to learn coding and design digital solutions

Connecting your digital device to the real world

PLANKS Short Challenges

UBTECH Astrobot Building

LED – the Light Fantastic!

“Even better if”… MicroBit prototyping and testing

Student Entrepreneurship – Changing the School

STEAM with a capital ‘A’

Empowerment through choices

Introduction to Ozobots

Developing a STEAM program that works for you

Is my baby awake?

Circuits and Electricity

Introducing Parrot Drones into the classroom and Integrating STEAM Learning Areas

Using Lego WeDo to learn Algorithmic Structures and Coding

Developing Designed Solution to meet Community Needs – Creating Assistive Devices

Using CAD and entrepreneurial skills to design a ‘Product of the Future’

UBTECH Astrobot Programming

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.

Building Better Bumpers

Sphero Chariot Race

Designing a Mars Habitat

An Age Old Problem

Technology for Social Inclusion

Turtle Nest protection

Become a disease detective and solve an outbreak!

Healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages

Shaky Solutions- Earthquake simulator

Astrobot Competition

FLOW OF THE DAY

TIME

EVENT / ACTIVITY

LOCATION

8.15 AM

REGISTRATION, COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING

8.40 AM

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Welcome to Participants, Set up for the Day, Housekeeping

Auditorium

8.50 AM

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

9.20 AM

The Future of Robotics – UBTECH

In this short showcase UBTECH a global leading Artificial Intelligence and humanoid robotic high-tech company will share about some of the latest humanoid robots that are being used around the world and arriving in homes!

Auditorium

9.50 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

9.50 AM

DIGIDESIGN MINI-WORKSHOPS (Rotation 1)

  • 45 min sessions
  • For teachers and students
  • Parallel workshops
  • 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

10.40 AM

MORNING TEA

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

11.05 AM

PROBLEM SOLVERS

  • 80 min session – parallel sessions aimed at Year 4 – 10 students
  • During this session real life design challenges are posed and attendees are led through the design process to ideate and present possible solutions.

Breakout Rooms

Pre-registration required

12.30 PM

LUNCH

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

1.10 PM

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

1.40 PM

National Launch of Girls in STEM Toolkit

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 workshops
  • 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

Astrobot Competition!

Working within the constraints of a 3*3 meter square students will control the Astrobot to grab a cube – 24 Astrobots, 4 cubes! Those who grab the cube will win the game. There will be several rounds for this part so that more students can participate.

3.50 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

8.40am start – 3.50pm 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 16/08/2019

VIEW FAQ’s

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

Major Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

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

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