9 May 2019

Hosted by St Saviour’s College, South Toowoomba 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

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 – 50 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 – 50 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

You will 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.

Past examples include

Using Virtual Reality in STEM

Engaging and Synthesising STEM through Dance

Using the BBC Micro:bit

Programming Drones

Setting up a STEAM Program

Learning STEAM with Zorb Balls

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 – TBA

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

10.35 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

You will need to pre-register for particular topic

12.45 PM

LUNCH

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

1.30 PM

Keynote Speaker – TBA

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

Main Room

2.05 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

2.05 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

3.05 PM

WHERE TO FROM HERE

  • Awarding of prizes to attendess, 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

3.45 PM

FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for 2019

Main Room

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

VENUE
ST SAVIOUR’S COLLEGE
Neil Street
South Toowoomba QLD 4350

DATE  Thursday 9 May 2019

TIME / AGENDA  8.15am open
8.45am start – 3.45pm finish

CONFERENCE RATES

Early bird Teacher $tba*
Teacher $tba

Student $tba
inclusive of GST, morning tea and lunch
*book by 5 April

 

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

Jennifer McPhie – Toowoomba Catholic Schools. Cameron Love – St Saviour’s College.
Amanda Kilgour – QLD Department of Education. Judy Smith – St Saviour’s College.
Bill Whiting – St Ursula’s College Toowoomba. Donna Kerr – Toowoomba Catholic Schools
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