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8th Annual STEM Education Conference

27-28 July 2021 | Rydges World Square, Sydney

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overview

The STEM Education Conference returns in a face-to-face format on 27-28 July 2021 at Rydges World Square, Sydney.

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

speakers

The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Women in STEM Ambassador and Professor of Practice in Science Communication, UNSW Sydney

Georgina Harrison

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

Ingrid Marsh

Director Industry Development, Investment NSW, Investment Strategy

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

JJ Purton Jones

Digital Technologies for Learning Consultant, Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools

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

Tracey Catling

Leader of Learning - Curriculum Support, LARC & Digital Technology Teacher, St Augustine's Primary School Coffs Harbour and Digital Technology Coach, Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools

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

Tessa Carnegie

Academic Coordinator, CSIRO

agenda

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

NEXT GENERATION STEM EDUCATION

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

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

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

10:35 am

Networking and refreshment break

IMPLEMENTING SUCCESS

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

  • How we created and implemented a STEM guiding statement to guide the design, evaluation and practice of STEM education
  • Upskilling students to enable them to activate and apply relevant knowledge and skills to find and solve challenging and authentic real-world problems

GENDER EQUITY IN STEM

12:05 pm

  • Understand the latest research on STEM classroom engagement in Australia by gender
  • Gain insights into key differences by subject – Engineering and putting the ‘E’ back in STEM
  • Identify tools and resources to increase girls’ engagement in technology, physical sciences and engineering.

12:35 pm

Lunch and networking break

EMPOWERING INDIGENOUS STUDENTS

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

CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY

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

REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS

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

END OF DAY ONE

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

INSIDE INDUSTRY

9:00 am

This session will explore how the NSW Government will grow 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 programs such as the NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) initiatives are partnering with Industry and Government to drive interest in STEM professions.

  • 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 SISP program initiatives assist teachers to engage students with industry through STEM
  • How to build sustainable partnerships

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.

EMBEDDING ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER KNOWLEDGE

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

CHANGE AND LEADERSHIP

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 Harrison, 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

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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

CASE STUDY | Masterclass in virtual learning

Serena McLean, Stage 3 Assistant Principal, Aurora College

3:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:10 pm

END OF SUMMIT

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STEM Education Conference 2019

Testimonials

“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.”
Anonymous

“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

when & where

27 - 28 Jul 2021

Rydges World Square, Sydney
389 Pitt St,
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8268 1888

contact

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Margaret Young
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4037
Margaret.Young@informa.com

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4008
Andrew.Sinkovich@informa.com.au

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