14 September 2018

Hosted by Melbourne Girls’ College, Yarra Boulevard, Richmond VIC

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

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 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 – those who are already (or aspire to be) Technology Leaders in your school
  • Teachers – those who have little experience and those who have a lot
  • 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

JACQUI SAVAGE
Engineer / Innovator, CEO MedCorp Technologies. Winner 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award

DR KAREN LAMB
Biostatistician / Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Jacqui Savage is an engineer and innovator, creating lifesaving health tech solutions while also advocating for women in STEM industries. Jacqui founded her own company, MedCorp Technologies, in 2015 and is the CEO. She won the 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award.

Karen Lamb is a biostatistician and public health researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Karen has worked across a range of health issues, including vaccination, cancer and obesity. She is one of Science & Technology Australia’s inaugural Superstars of STEM and is passionate about engaging more women in mathematics.

Teacher Mini-Master Classes

Integrating STEAM – ZEP Island

Engineering and Robotics

Starting STEAM – student & teacher perspectives

Games, Sustainable Development Goals and STEM

Melbourne Girls’ College STEAM Room

Constructing STEAM Challenges

Digi-Design Mini Workshops

Engaging Students with Virtual Reality

Design Challenge – Marble Run

Coding & electronics with Micro:bit

Programming Drones

STEAM in Play

Sharing STEAM Ideas Forum

Learning STEAM with Zorb Balls

EV3 Engineering / Coding Session

Creatable

Detecting Natural Disasters

All Day Tech “Try and Play’ Areas

Coding with Minecraft and Python

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

Main Room

9.00 AM

Keynote Speaker – Jacqueline Savage

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)

  • 50 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

You will need to pre-register for workshops

9.35 AM

DIGIDESIGN MINI-WORKSHOPS (Rotation 1)

  • 50 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

You will need to pre-register for workshops

10.40 AM

MORNING TEA

Includes displays of Videos of School and Business STEAM Activities. An opportunity to network with other teachers and students, and explore trade displays.

11.15 AM

YES STUDENT PROBLEM SOLVERS

  • 100 min session
  • For teachers and students
  • Parallel sessions
    • Each session will have a different real life design or STEAM challenge to solve. Information about each challenge to be 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 student through the design process to ideate and present possible solutions

Outcome: Students to create and deliver a 2 min pitch of their solution by the end of the session

Breakout Rooms

You will need to pre-register for particular topic

1.00 PM

LUNCH

Includes displays of Videos of School and Business STEAM Activities. An opportunity to network with other teachers and students, and explore trade displays.

1.40 PM

Keynote Speaker – Dr Karen Lamb

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

Main Room

2.15 PM

TEACHER ORIENTED MINI-MASTER CLASSES (Rotation 2)

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

Breakout Rooms

You will need to pre-register for workshops

2.15 PM

DIGIDESIGN MINI-WORKSHOPS (Rotation 2)

  • 50 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

You will need to pre-register for workshops

3.20 PM

WHERE TO FROM HERE

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

Main Room

4.00 PM

FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for 2019

Main Room

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

VENUE
MELBOURNE GIRLS’ COLLEGE
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond VIC 3121

DATE  Friday 14 September 2018

TIME / AGENDA  8.15am open
8.45am start – 4.00pm finish

CONFERENCE RATES

Early bird Teacher $195.00*
Teacher $235.00

Student $33.00
inclusive of GST, morning tea and lunch
*book by 24 August

 

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.

Introducing the Steering Committee

Wendy Keen – Melbourne Girls College. Gerard Raven – Sacred Heart College Geelong.
Bill Riddiford – Sacred Heart College Geelong. Liana Gooch – Korowa Anglican Girls School.
Michael Victory – Teacher Learning Network. Adrian Bertolini – Intuyu Consulting.

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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