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5th Annual STEM Education Conference

Integrating STE(A)M into the curriculum and beyond

25-26 July 2018 | Rydges World Square, Sydney

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K-12, Government & Higher Education rates available - See pricing below
Early Bird Rate - Save up to $200 // Expires on 30 June 2018


Two years on from the unveiling of Australia’s National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026, what progress has been made, and where to next?

As technology continues to transform industries, educators are challenging traditional teaching models, implementing new curricula and driving change in their classrooms and communities today. In an evolving, digital world, how can we best equip our students with the skills needed in quantum computing or biotechnology, or even for careers and industries that don’t exist yet?

Increasingly, the movement in Australia and globally is shifting towards STEAM – integrating STEM with the Arts, including art and design, the humanities and entrepreneurship – and embedding the ‘real world’ into learning.

This year’s STEM Education Conference will explore this theme and feature hands-on workshops, panels and presentations from inspiring educators, leading researchers, as well as industry and education changemakers.

Please join us on 25-26 July at the Rydges World Square, Sydney as we share ideas, engage in lively and nuanced discussion and learn from each other, about the challenges, purpose and opportunities to be harnessed.


  • Participate in hands-on workshops, learn skills and take away tools for classroom activities with proven outcomes for a range of budgets (Primary and Secondary streams)
  • Best practice models for integrated STEAM learning
  • The world in 2030 and post-school pathways
  • Building and utilising strong partnerships with industry and tertiary institutions
  • Addressing key challenges including diversity, access, driving change, leadership, resourcing and inclusion
  • Future-looking research and conversation about the how education and the teaching profession will evolve

We invite all principals, early-learning, primary and high-school teachers, tertiary educators, researchers, governments, and science and tech industry representatives to attend this Conference.




8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

Insights from the STEM Partnerships Forum report Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s Next Generation

9:30 am

KEYNOTE | Learning Futures Nows. Small (but achievable) moves to support great(er) learning

Peter Mahony, Educational and Digital Learning Manager, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

10:00 am

STEAMPunk Girls: Co-Designing STEAM Engagement

Maya Marcus, Education Lead UTS Innovation & Entrepreneurship

With Lisa Wark, Head Teacher Technological and Applied Studies, Riverside Girls High School

10:30 am

Morning tea and Networking Break

11:00 am

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS | NSW Minister for Education

The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Education, NSW Government


11:30 am

In this presentation I will describe CSIRO’s Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students program (I2S2) and the significance of incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into science education. I’ll detail the transformational impact I2S2 has had within our school and the challenges to STEM education within my school’s context that are likely highly relatable to many other schools. I’ll emphasise the imperative for schools to collaborate with external STEM professionals, agencies and organisations and for the need for inquiry based learning to drive science curriculum across all year levels.

12:00 pm

The LNSCoS network is a STEAM based network that have successfully brought together teachers across the discipline to promote STEAM education within the Lower North Shore region. In this presentation founding members share their experiences of developing this network and the benefits and challenges overcome by teachers banding together. The LNSCoS network has been successful in establishing iSTEM courses across multiple schools, coordinating and aligning programs to offer students inter-school learning opportunities and the rapid development of new resources.

12:30 pm

Lunch and Networking Break


1:30 pm

Running out of STEAM: why it can’t work without critical Thinking

Peter Ellerton, Director UQ Critical Thinking Project

2:00 pm

  •  The shift to from STEM to STEAM and integrated problem-based learning: objectives and outcomes
  •  Designing and implementing a STEM/STEAM unit – resistance, resources and time
  •  Sustainable implementation of programs
  •  Taking education out of the classroom
  •  How education can better prepare our students for the workforce of tomorrow

2:30 pm

KEYNOTE | STEM, STEAM and a liberal Education. Why we want it all

Mark Scott AO, Secretary, NSW Department of Education

3:00 pm

Afternoon Tea and Networking Break


3:30 pm

Sunrise Industries: Emerging industries and the implications for the future of education

Joanna Horton, Lead Author Sunrise Industries Report, Data61 | CSIRO

4:00 pm

STEM skills for Australia’s workforce

Niamh McPherson, Partner, Deloitte

John Pickering, Partner, Deloitte

4:30 pm

This workshop will focus on the future of STEM Education. When we think about our next generation, we think about a very different world, with very different challenges and profound changes that will affect our students. So, how can we prepare our young students for a future that doesn’t exist today? The future revolves around entrepreneurial education. We’ll explore the transformative nature of entrepreneurship on students – instilling students with confidence, belief, and a desire to dream bigger

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 am

Networking drinks

8:50 am

The Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) Pilot has been developed by the University of Canberra through funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The pilot aims to inspire engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in preschool children. STEM Practices – the Ideas, Methods and Values that underpin STEM education – are integrated across the subject areas in a program that encompasses six digital apps and an off-app program for children to explore.

Hear about how one school has engaged students with various technologies to solve real-world problems, including:

  •  Mentoring with She Flies in rural and remote areas using Drones, Coding and mapping;
  •  Sharing with feeder primary schools to give girls early experience and confidence using technologies; and
  •  Running coding club out of the library and enabling students to solve problems they come up with themselves, for instance adding micro:bit accessories to turn the micro:bit into a programmable robot

9:20 am

  •  STEaM Centre
  •  P2P Education
  •  IPFS – Rocketshoes
  •  Storj – Minecraft on the Blockchain
  •  SteemEDU – Steem Blockchain
  •  BlockWisdom – NEM Blockchain
  •  Consensus of Content [Voting on the Blockchain]
  • RocketShoes
  • How we programed future STEM professionals with STEM Sista and STEM Mista
  • Marrying fundamental life skills with STEM professions through STEM professionals
  • How you can lift the lid in your class room

9:50 am

St Ives North Public School leads the way in STEM education. Over the past four years, our passion for STEM has sparked the interest of students, fuelled our staff, and inflamed our school. We will share our passion and take you on our journey as we have spread STEM across our school, our community and our region.

  •  What happens when a team of highschool girls from Gippsland take on the challenge of solving a local community problem?
  •  How does a mentor create and add value in tackling this challenge?
  •  Why is it essential to have the right partnership for an impactful outcome

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:10 am

STEM Professionals in Schools is Australia’s largest STEM education volunteering program that facilitates ongoing partnerships between teachers and STEM professionals. By bringing practical STEM expertise into the classroom, the program is equipping teachers with the skills they need to increase student engagement in STEM subjects. Your involvement in STEM Professionals in Schools will bring contemporary industry skills into the classroom, providing a professional learning opportunity for yourself while inspiring students to pursue STEM subjects and STEM-related career opportunities.

Technology, art and narratives in real-world VR and CGI Applications || Stream: TRACK 2: SECONDARY SCHOOL SESSIONS

Associate Professor John McGhee, Director, 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab | UNSW

11:40 am

Making Science Mainstream || Stream: TRACK 1: PRIMARY SCHOOL SESSIONS

Jackie Randles, Manager, Inspiring Australia (NSW)

  •  Preparing young Australians for 21st Century careers
  •  Providing hands-on experiences as a means of developing understanding of workplace culture and expectations
  •  Supportive pathways for youth to engage in workplace experiences and developing understanding of their employment prospects

12:10 pm

Find out how year 3 and 4 and 4 children from a number of Brisbane primary schools responded enthusiastically to a model-based teaching program about atomic-molecular theory and showed understanding of atoms and molecules similar to that of high school students. Implications for the current science curriculum are discussed.

Superstars of STEM is smashing old stereotypes and empowering women from across science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become strong, vocal and above all visible role models for girls and young women. Hear why this program is important, what it’s achieved so far, and where we aim to take it in the future


12:30 pm

Engineering and technology is a huge part of our world, and will continue to become more prevalent in our economy. Jobs in engineering are becoming increasingly crucial, and it’s essential that women are also playing their part in shaping the world we live in. This presentation will explore the community aspects of building a globally diverse and inclusive culture in engineering, with a focus on primary and high school students:

  •  creating an environment where young girls feel supported to pursue engineering
  •  increasing engagement and impact inside and outside of the classroom
  •  highlighting rewarding opportunities available for female engineers

1:00 pm

Hear about the challenges at Holroyd High School – a school of mainly refugee students – and how a successful STEM program that benefits, engages and empowers students has been implemented. Niru Kumar, Head of the Science Faculty and STEM leader, will outline how this has been a real battle – and highlight that if STEM is a priority in a school, then everyone needs to cooperate to ensure its success.

Access to STEM is ‘more equal’ for some than others. Gender, disability, socio-economic status and culture all play their part in deciding who does – and doesn’t – get to learn and be excited by numbers, gadgets, code and circuits. In this presentation I draw on lessons learned at The Lab, a national network of technology clubs for young people with autism I co-founded in 2011, as well as the Tech Schools, a new Victorian Government initiative to encourage schools students to explore emerging STEM careers.

1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking Break


2:30 pm

ThinkerShield is the simplest, most reliable way to get started in the exciting world of physical computing. The ThinkerShield is a classroom‑ready tool for STEM and STEAM education.

A lot of time when we think of STEAM units we think of the equipment, resources, and headaches associated with putting everything together in order to facilitate the running of these units. This workshop aims to tackle the misconceptions of planning and developing STEAM units by providing real world educational practices that can be used to make this process more manageable. Additionally, we will explore a variety of projects / programs that can be run on a range of budgets.

3:30 pm

Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

4:00 pm

This workshop will show how easy it is to teach primary school students the fundamentals of Atomic Theory using a hands-on, minds-on approach. Research now shows that primary students can understand that their world is made of invisibly tiny atoms, and how they affects the way their world works. Crucially, kids LOVE learning about atoms. We will cover the topics of Periodic Table- which is a kind of alphabet- and chemical formulas, which explain why the world is made of so many different kinds of substances.”

The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) has kicked off in Sydney bringing research-grade equipment and practical, curriculum relevant biotechnology lessons to the classroom. This workshop will introduce you to the ABE program and the ways teachers are implementing the lessons at their schools. Hone your skills in micropipetting and gel electrophoresis as you get a feel for the ‘tools of the trade’ that biotechnologists use with this hands-on introduction to the laboratory sessions that high school students are currently involved in with the ABE.

5:00 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
2 Day Conference + Workshop A & C$1895$1695+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop A & D$1895$1695+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop B & C$1895$1695+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop B & D$1895$1695+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Packages Price
2 Day Conference + Workshop A & C$995$795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop A & D$995$795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop B & C$995$795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop B & D$995$795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Packages Price
2 Day Conference + Workshop A & C$1495$1295+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop A & D$1495$1295+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop B & C$1495$1295+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Workshop B & D$1495$1295+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

General Pricing

  • Early Bird rate – Expires by 30 June 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Workshops: $1,695 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Workshops: $1,895 + GST


Government and Higher Education Rate

  • Early Bird rate – Expires by 30 June 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Workshops: $1,295 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Workshops: $1,495 + GST


K-12 Rate

  • Early Bird rate – Expires by 30 June 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Workshops: $795 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Workshops: $995 + GST

Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost
To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email
Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.


The Hon. Rob Stokes MP

Minister for Education, NSW Government

Mark Scott AO

Secretary, NSW Department of Education

Andrew Sezonov

Acting General Manager, Skilling Australia Foundation

Camille Rogers

NSW Project Officer, STEM Professionals in Schools CSIRO Education and Outreach

Dr Carole Haeusler

Lecturer in Science Education, University of Southern Queensland

Eugenia O’Brien

Senior Science Communicator, University of Sydney

Ian Stuart

Founder, Atomic School

Jessica Legg

Year 4 Classroom Teacher, St Ives North Public School | STEM Action School

Joanna Horton

Lead Author, Sunrise Industries Report, Data61 CSIRO

Dr Joshua Ho

Head of Bioinformatics, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Kelsie Dadd

Program Director, Curious Minds ASI

Kerry Wallace-Massone

Technology Teacher, Heathcote High School

Kieran Nolan

Educational Technologist, Blockchain Global

Kylie Walker

CEO, Science & Technology Australia AND Chair, Australia National Commission for UNESCO

Matthew Scadding

TAS Teacher, Ravenswood School for Girls

Maya Marcus

Education Lead UTS Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Meg Brighton

Deputy Director-General, ACT Education Directorate, and Member, National STEM Partnerships Forum

Natalie Wall

Finalist, CSIRO Indigenous STEM Teacher Award 2017

Nirupma Kumar

Head Teacher Science and STEM Leader, Holroyd High School

Caitie McClelland

Chief Development Officer, Robogals Global

Peter Ellerton

Director UQ Critical Thinking Project

Rick Evans

Industry Development Officer, ME Program

Sherrill Nixon

Director of Donor Relations, Schools Plus

Sid Verma

Founder & Executive Director, BrainSTEM

Dr Stefan Schutt

Director, Whittlesea Tech School and Co-founder, The Lab

Teresa Janowski

General Manager, STEM Nation

Prof Tom Lowrie

Centenary Professor & Director of STEM Education Research Centre

when & where

25 - 26 Jul 2018

Rydges World Square, Sydney
389 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 8268 1888

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Still have a question?

Margaret Young
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4037

Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4425

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