9 November 2018

Hosted by John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen St, Fremantle WA

Come and be part of a student led movement in STEM 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 students and teachers with industry and universities using an authentic sharing and experiential model. Participants will connect with inspiring industry role models, share their current school based activities and projects with one another, 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 STEM 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 STEM 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

DR HELEN STREET
Founder and Co-Chair of the Positive Schools Initiative

Dr Helen Street is an applied social psychologist who has a passion for education and improving the mental health of Australians, young and old. Known as a trouble maker and agitator, she challenges the norms and the zeitgeist of our social world in hope of building a better future.

GEORDIE CRAWLEY
Award Winning Theatre Maker

Geordie Crawley is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the award winning independent theatre company Rorschach Beast. As a performer: Roald Dahl’s The Twits, TANK, Monroe & Associates, The Big HOO-HAA! and Pirate Church. As a writer: Girl in the Wood, Fire and Servant of Mercy. His directorial debut Bus Boy won both the 2017 Theatre Award, and Martin Sims Award for Best New WA Production at Perth’s Fringe World Festival.

Teacher Mini-Master Classes

Games, Sustainable Development Goals and STEM

Gamification with Augmented and Virtual Reality

Robots, A.I. and STEM Engineering

Increasing pupil engagement by bringing real world problems into the classroom

Getting Connected with GenZ’s: Immersive technologies, gamification and learning through data

Leadership and Enterprise

Introduction to Thinking STEM

Inspiring Futures Skills with Techtrails

Digi-Design Mini Workshops

Morse Code – a Binary STEM Activity

Spheros in Mathematics

Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit

STEM and Model Rockets

Arduino Magic

Engaging and Synthesising STEM through Dance

Virtual Collaboration Challenge

Little Bits Sensory Deprivation Challenge

Virtual Reality (VR) in Learning

Introduction to Creativity

STEM Expo

  • ATAR Engineering (Perth Modern School)
  • Remote Rover Project (John Curtin College of the Arts)
  • Hands on Activities (Woodside Energy)
  • Upper school STEM Projects (John Curtin College of the Arts)
  • Leeuwin Collaborative VR Project (John Curtin College of the Arts)
  • STEMifying to Snap Electronics with coding to great real world solutions (KodeKLIX)

Problem Solvers Design Challenge

Saving an Age Old Problem

Jaime

Zombie Apocalypse

From Plant to “Plant”

Paralympic Basketball Practice Problem

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 – Dr Helen Street

Dr Helen Street is an applied social psychologist who has a passion for education and improving the mental health of Australians, young and old. Known as a trouble maker and agitator, she challenges the norms and the zeitgeist of our social world in hope of building a better future.

Theme: Being someone who makes a difference using the skills inherent in STEM 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 STEM in their curriculum (e.g. App design, Creativity, Circular Design, Integrated STEM, 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 STEM 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

YES STUDENT PROBLEM SOLVERS

  • 100 min session
  • Parallel sessions
    • Each session will have a different real life design or STEM 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

12.45 PM

LUNCH

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

1.30 PM

Keynote Speaker – Geordie Crawley

Geordie Crawley is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the award winning independent theatre company Rorschach Beast. As a performer: Roald Dahl’s The Twits, TANK, Monroe & Associates, The Big HOO-HAA! and Pirate Church. As a writer: Girl in the Wood, Fire and Servant of Mercy. His directorial debut Bus Boy won both the 2017 Theatre Award, and Martin Sims Award for Best New WA Production at Perth’s Fringe World Festival.

Theme: Being someone who makes a difference using the skills inherent in STEM 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
  • Mini-master classes for teachers to explore specific aspect of embedding STEM in their curriculum (e.g. App design, Creativity, Circular Design, Integrated STEM, etc.)
  • 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 workshop stations
  • Workshops demonstrate hands-on STEM 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

  • 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

3.45 PM

FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for 2019

Main Room

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

VENUE
JOHN CURTIN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
90 Ellen Street

Fremantle WA 6160

DATE Friday 9 November 2018

TIME 8.15am open
8.45am start – 3.45pm finish

CONFERENCE RATES

Early bird Teacher $95.00*
Teacher $120.00

Student $15.00
Presenting Teacher $45.00
inclusive of GST, morning tea and lunch
*book by 19 October

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

Tim Rowberry – John Curtin College of the Arts Jacqui Butler – John Curtin College of the Arts
Chris Rapley – Perth Modern School Thomas O’Brien – Perth Modern School
Natalie Narducci – Lynwood Senior High School 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

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS