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8th Annual STEM Education Conference

18-19 October 2021 | Virtually Delivered

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Earn up to 14 hours of Elective PD points


This event is being virtually delivered

After careful consideration, and in light of ongoing COVID-19 developments in NSW, The STEM Education Conference scheduled for 18-19 October, will be going ahead as a fully virtual event.

We believe everyone should still be able to learn from great content, access important resources and connect with industry professionals. By offering a virtual event we hope to manage the challenges of COVID in a safe and dynamic way. More information in the ‘Virtually Delivered’ tab below.

The STEM Education Conference returns in a virtual format on 18-19 October.

This year, Australian teachers and schools have gone above and beyond to keep students learning. Educators seeking to implement STE(A)M projects and programs have faced challenges and disruption, and yet through some creative and resourceful methods schools have been able to engage students, collaborate across borders and ignite students’ curiosity to solve real-world problems.

At the STEM Education Conference, inspiring teachers will share successful strategies, ideas, resources and key takeaways, to implement in your schools.

Topics covered include:

  • Access STEM resources matched to the Australian Curriculum
  • STEAM/STEM on a budget
  • Equipment, resources, and room design
  • Resources for teacher planning and development
  • Industry collaboration and selecting the right industry partner for your school
  • Assessment and reporting in a time of disruption
  • Scaling STEM projects and programs
  • Improving student outcomes

Earn up to 14 hours of Elective PD points


The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning

Georgina Harrisson

Secretary, NSW Department of Education

Daniel Dawkins

Head Teacher TAS, West Wallsend High School

Associate Professor Joanne Jamie

Co-Director, National Indigenous Science Education Program, Macquarie University and Superstar of STEM, Science and Technology Australia

Luciano Mesiti

CEO, Primary Industries Education Foundation

Dr Scott Sleap

STEM Project Advisor 7 – 12, NSW Department of Education, Educational Standards Directorate

Julie King

Senior Manager, Curriculum and Project Lead, Digital Technologies, ACARA

Nicola Steele

Leader of Integrated Learning, St Clare's College Waverley

Ian Fairhurst

Team Leader of ICT Integration K-6, Knox Grammar Preparatory School

Carol Quashie-Williams

Assistant Director, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Katheryn Elliot

Science and Environment Teacher, Farrer Primary School

Laureate Professor Jenny Gore

Director, Teachers & Teaching Research Centre, School of Education, University of Newcastle

Mr Matthew Scadding

ICT Integrator, Ravenswood School for Girls

Jeannine Ucdereli

Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching, St Joseph's Primary School, Port Macquarie, Diocese of Lismore

Paul Mead

Co-Founder & MD, She Maps

Sarah Blundell

Leader of Digital Pedagogies and STEM, St Joseph's Primary School, Port Macquarie, Diocese of Lismore

Myra Singh

Academic Coordinator, CSIRO


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • The strength of STEM is fundamentally connected with the quality of school education.
  • Switching students on to STEM and building aspirations for STEM career and higher education pathways, requires attention to pedagogy, curriculum and culture.
  • Using evidence from multiple large studies conducted across the primary and secondary years, this talk highlights the many ways in which quality teaching matters and what teachers can do to enrich STEM classrooms.

9:30 am

  • Should we measure ‘success’ in terms of: engagement and enrolment in STEM subjects and programs, academic performance in STEM subjects, interest and pursuit of STEM careers after school, or other areas?
  • What is the right balance and how do we achieve it?
  • What areas of STEM education have schools experienced a plateau in and what has been done to address this?
  • What are some examples of schools, industry partners, government and the community working well to achieve this?

10:20 am


The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning

10:35 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:05 am

  • How we transformed our approach to STEM, leading to increased engagement in senior subjects and raising achievement and academic excellence
  • Girls education and increased engagement
  • The impact of meaningful STEM Education pathways and how our alumni are pursuing successful careers in engineering and science fields

11:35 am

SESSION TBC | Please check back later for more details

12:05 pm

SESSION TBC | Please check back later for more details

12:35 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:35 pm

  • Building confidence in young Indigenous women through the Academy and how schools can get involved
  • Connecting students with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in STEM learning
  • How teachers can build their own confidence in talking about Indigenous knowledge


2:05 pm

  • Using sustainability to inform STEM teaching and inspire students.
  • Co-constructing science investigations to teach scientific method and science as a human endeavour.
  • Engaging your local community for resources and expertise.

2:35 pm

  • Challenges and successes of running a cross-KLA STEM project
  • Timetabling and staffing an integrated project
  • Tips for connecting with industry and community

3:05 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:35 pm

  • How visible thinking routines were used to engage primary school students in a web-design project
  • Learn how to apply a design process to support students in planning, creating and reviewing their STEM work
  • Take away ideas and strategies to help you manage your own STEM projects

4:05 pm

  • Ideas for utilising an agriculture, food and fibre perspective in the classroom
  • Primezone and PIEFA programs
  • Case Study of Barker College

4:35 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:45 pm


8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

This session will explore how NSW is growing world-leading industries and develop a workforce to establish Australia as a global centre of excellence in innovation. Learn about what industries will drive growth in the future and how the NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program is partnering with Industry and Government to drive interest in STEM professions.

  • How SISP program initiatives assist teachers to engage students with industry through STEM
  • What are the world-leading industries that will drive economic activity in Australia and NSW?
  • How are government, industry and education collaborating to engage young people in STEM?
  • How to use an integrated STEM curriculum to foster interest in STEM careers and drive growth in STEM professions

9:30 am

When successful partnerships are built between schools and industry, three things happen:

  • Student learning becomes linked to real world problems, resulting in increased student engagement
  • Teachers become more confident and capable in teaching integrated STEM programs
  • Industry partners learn alongside schools about how to support Gen Alpha, the 2030 workforce

Paul will discuss how surveyors and surf lifesavers are helping the teachers they support at She Maps achieve these three points, and what you need to consider to build a successful school-industry partnership.


10:00 am

In this presentation, Joanne will provide an overview of the STEM educational opportunities that have arisen through a long-term respectful collaboration between Macquarie University and Yaegl and Bundjalung Elders. She will also provide advice and access to resources for teachers both new to incorporating Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into curriculum, and those with some experience in doing so, to give them the confidence to provide a wonderfully culturally rich STEM learning experience for their students and a rewarding experience for themselves.

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

  • Leveraging student agency for deeper learning
  • Developing a student-centred competencies-based continuum of learning
  • Students as co-constructors and co-regulators of STEM learning environments

11:30 am

KEYNOTE | Address from the Department

Georgina Harrisson, Secretary, NSW Department of Education

12:00 pm

  • Explore the impact of materials, in particular fabrics and the fabric industry on the environment
  • Engage community members in relevant STEM job roles in the fabric industry to discuss sustainable options currently being explored in the industry
  • Use the design process to creatively repurpose an item of fabric into something reusable

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

ACARA’s STEM Connections project investigated a transdisciplinary approach to the teaching of STEM. ACARA has continued to apply and develop the principles of this project through the Digital Technologies in Focus project. This presentation will:

  • Identify opportunities for addressing the dimensions of STEM
  • Outline new STEM Connections Illustrations of practice from Foundation to Year 8
  • Explore opportunities to enhance Digital Technologies implementation.

2:00 pm

Digital Technologies facilitates authentic learning opportunities fostering confidence, curiosity, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality provide opportunities to take students anywhere, thus widening their experiences and building background knowledge.  Integrating this technology into the curriculum allows for the development of deeper understanding and enriching capabilities such as Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Digital Literacy and Intercultural Understanding. Research tells us creativity in learning produces positive critical outcomes for students. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Build their capacity in embedding digital technology across the curriculum
  • Use VR/AR to realise its full potential in engaging students in real and imaginative worlds and see how it is a tool to enable science discovery and through the process of scientific inquiry
  • Create solutions to move students and teachers from consumers of technology to creators through all Key Learning Areas

2:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

2:40 pm




Packages Price
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CPD Points

Earn up to 14 hours of Elective PD points.

Under NESA requirements, all NSW teachers need to complete a minimum of 100 hours of PD in each maintenance period including:

  • Proficient Teachers: a minimum of 50 hours of NESA Accredited PD across all priority areas; or
  • HALTs: a minimum of 20 hours of NESA Accredited PD across all priority areas and 20 hours of professional commitment activities.

The balance of the 100 hours can be any combination of NESA Accredited PD or Elective PD, including professional commitment activities.

The STEM Education Conference meets the following Elective PD Criteria:

  • strategies for effective engagement with parents/carers and the community
  • mentoring, coaching, professional dialogue supporting teaching practice
  • educational leadership
  • relevant further study integrating ICT into teaching practice

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

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STEM Education Conference 2019


“Overall this was a great event, It allowed educators exposure to others educators innovative practices. Companies offer amazing products but very few (public) schools have the resourcing to foster the high end tech approach. It was great to see a range of other approaches.”
Paul Anderson, NT Schools

“Very well organised and run event with a collection of excellent speakers.”
Roy Anderson, Catholic Education NT

“A very informative professional learning experience, a must for anyone who would like to gain in-depth knowledge and insights into STEM pedagogy.”
Neroli Rose, Ebor Public School

“This event gave me insight into the wide range of resources that are available to support teachers in STEM.”

“This is not a trade show. You are not going to be sold a snake oil solution to STEM in a box. What you will do is engage in learning and networking with people who will inspire you.”
Michael Gowers, St Monica’s College

“Outstanding event with relevant information, Well Done.”
Adrian Rayner, Education Queensland

Virtually Delivered

We believe everyone should still be able to learn from great content, access important resources and connect with industry professionals. By offering a virtual event we hope to manage the challenges of COVID in a safe and dynamic way.

You will be able to watch the livestream from any device. You’ll have the ability to ask questions after each session – all from the safety and comfort of your own home or workplace. You will also be able to watch content on-demand for 30 days post-event.

when & where

18 - 19 Oct 2021

Virtually Delivered


Still have a question?

Margaret Young
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4325

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4008

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