15 August 2018

Hosted by Mount Alvernia College, 82 Cremorne Rd, Kedron QLD

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
  • Parents – we encourage you to attend with your Yr 4 – 10 child as it is a public holiday for some.

INTRODUCING THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

SUE KEAY
Chief Operating Officer at Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
Superstar of STEM

KHUSHI SHELAT
Teen Innovator, Social Entrepreneur, YR 12 student
Chief Ambassador @changemakeher

Sue Keay is a trained scientist and an experienced Research and Development leader who focuses on disruptive technologies. She is currently establishing the world’s first robotic vision centre at QUT. She has been recognised as Superstar of STEM by Science & Technology Australia and loves meeting people, building connections, finding out new things and making things work better.

Khushi Shelat is a teen innovator, social entrepreneur, chief ambassador at ChangeMakeHer Australia and is also in year 12 at Brisbane State High School. She’s passionate about bringing young people into entrepreneurship, improving diversity in the Australian workforce and applying technology to solving our world’s humanitarian crises.

Teacher Mini-Master Classes

Games, Sustainable Development Goals and STEM

Using Augmented Reality

Learning Algebra through MathMate

CS Unplugged in the Classroom

Digi-Design Mini-Workshops

Build to Fly

Experience a class in Virtual Reality

Sharknado

Minidrones Room

What’s in the Box?

Designing a Tamagotchi using Micro:Bits

Engineering and Robotics

Developing solutions for the Internet of Things

Problem Solvers Design Challenge

Growing Old

“Of droughts not flooding rain”.

A Wicked Problem this way comes

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 – Sue Keay

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 3 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 – Khushi Shelat

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
  • 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
  • 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 different groups to meet with experts / facilitators
    • Students: What they can do to grow their skills within and beyond school
    • Teachers: What they can do to grow their skills, create a network or link with other schools, industry and organisations
    • Opportunity for schools to connect and set up visits with one another
  • Outcome: Attendees have a next action they can take

Main Room

4.00 PM

FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for 2019

Main Room

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

VENUE
MOUNT ALVERNIA COLLEGE
82 Cremorne Rd

Kedron QLD 4031

DATE  Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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

CONFERENCE RATES

Teacher $235.00
Student $33.00
Accompanying Parent $33.00
inclusive of GST, morning tea and lunch

*book by  12 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.

The Steering Committee

Daniel Crump – Mount Alvernia College. Linda Clark – Mount Alvernia College.
Leigh Ferguson – Stuartholme School. Colin Thompson – Moreton Bay College.
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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