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 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

BONNIE COXON
Principal Engineer
Newcrest Mining

Superstar of STEM

PROGRAM

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

TIME

EVENT / ACTIVITY

LOCATION

8.45 AM

REGISTRATION, COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING

9.25 AM

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Welcome to Participants, Set up for the Day, Housekeeping

9.35 AM

Keynote Speaker

10.10 AM

STEAM Expo

  • 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

11.10 AM

MORNING TEA

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

11.35 AM

PROBLEM SOLVERS

  • 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.

Breakout Rooms

Pre-registration required

12.50 PM

WHERE TO NEXT, FEEDBACK AND CLOSE OF MINI CONFERENCE

Invitation to be on the Steering Committee for the following year.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

VENUE
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

CONFERENCE RATES

Early bird Teacher tba*
Teacher tba

Student tba
inclusive of GST, morning tea provided

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.

Silver Sponsor

GET IN TOUCH WITH 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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