The intent of the It Takes a Spark EDU Conference is to bring together Girls and their Teachers to connect with inspiring 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.
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
2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS WERE.....
Inspiring teachers and students alike these outstanding keynote speakers graced the stage in 2019 bringing their unique perspective, humour and commitment to showcasing STEAM.
DR KUDZAI KANHUTU
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Superstar of STEM
Superstar of STEM
This Mini It Takes a Spark will have the brightest educators, organisations and girls who are passionate about STEAM lead sessions at the hands-on STEAM Expo. These sessions are short, sharp action packed with activities / communications. After morning tea you will be posed with a real life Design Challenge and be led through the design process to ideate and present possible solutions.
STEAM Expo – 60 minutes
Who will present: students / teachers / university / sponsors / organisations
Audience: Students Years 4 to 10 and Teachers
Interactive, hands on STEAM or entrepreneurial activities
Grow in confidence by sharing ideas / innovation
Unique public speaking opportunity
Share knowledge and create networks
Problem Solvers Design Challenges – 70 mins
In the past we had challenges varying from Shaky Solutions – Earthquake simulator, Bee-pocalypse, TurtleGate, Self-Drive Cars, and Coding for Disaster Relief.
Each session will have a different real life design or STEAM challenge to solve aimed at Year 4 to 10 students and their teachers.
This session is an opportunity for schools, universities, industry, or community organisations to pose real life design challenges and lead students through the design process to ideate and present possible solutions.
FLOW OF THE DAY
EVENT / ACTIVITY
REGISTRATION, COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Welcome to Participants, Set up for the Day, Housekeeping
- 60 min expo
- a wide range of hands-on STEAM activities run by local schools, universities and even STEAM businesses and sponsors
- Activities at each station will last between 10-20 min
- Students and teachers will be able move around through the activities during this period
An opportunity to network with other teachers and students, and explore trade displays.
- 70 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.
WHERE TO NEXT, FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF MINI CONFERENCE
Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for the following year.
MENTONE GIRLS’ GRAMMAR SCHOOL
11 Mentone Parade
Mentone VIC 3194
DATE Monday 10 August 2020
TIME / AGENDA 8.45am open
9.25am start – 1.00pm finish
Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email and invoice, payment is via direct deposit or credit card. For full details click on the register button alternatively call Rachel on +61 (0) 411 270 277 to coordinate your registration or ask any questions.
“I attended the It takes a Spark Conference on Friday - it was wonderful! I really enjoyed the sessions and can see ways to incorporate them into incursions and excursions for blind and vision impaired students. It was also a great chance to network and see students participating in the activities. Thank you again.”
Katie Niedda,Sensory Vision Education, School of Special Educational Needs: Sensory
"Many thanks for such a well organised and well run conference. From our perspective and the feedback from others, it was a resounding success."
Jacqui Butler,Strategic Technology, John Curtin College of the Arts
“Thank you, I greatly benefited from attending the conference and hope to attend future conferences and recommend it to my peers.”
Samina Hasan,Student Teacher 2nd Yr Masters, University of Melbourne
“Well done on a terrific conference at Scotch College last Friday. It was possibly the best STEM event I have been to over the past 2 years - and I've been to a few and the feeling around the event was very positive.”