Register your interest


Register your interest


6th Annual STEM Education Conference

Implementation and collaborative support

6-7 August 2019 | Rydges World Square Sydney

Book Now Download Brochure



Completing the 6th Annual STEM Education Conference will contribute 16 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Eligibility criteria:
To receive the 16 hours of registered PD it is essential to note that you must be a primary or a high (secondary) school or early childhood teacher in NSW at the Proficient Teacher Level.

If you’re coming from interstate, you may still be eligible to log the conference hours as professional development training, please refer to your relevant State Department of Education website to ascertain how you can go about receiving the PD.
Upon request, we are able to provide a certificate confirming your attendance at the event.

Since the unveiling of Australia’s National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026 we have seen tremendous changes and an exhilarating push to incorporate STEM into our curriculums. While aiming for the same goal, on the ground level, each school is different, meaning that STEM will look and feel different from one institution to the next.

Let’s embrace these differences and learn from one another– delegates and speakers alike. The need to think and act creatively is more prominent than ever, and Australian schools are rising to the occasion.

Please join us on August 6-7, 2019 at Rydges World Square for an exciting two days unpacking current STEM programs, learning how to bring STEM back to the classroom, and discussing key issues. Presentations from inspiring educators, leading researchers, industry and education changemakers who are moving forward with positive visions and successfully proven approaches to STEM.

Conference at a glance:

  • STEM policies nationwide
  • Model for starting a STEAM program/school– an interdisciplinary approach
  • Girls in STEM
  • Schools joining forces
  • Opening a STEM Centre
  • STEM implementation case studies and best practices (primary and secondary)
  • Project Management mini workshop
  • Industry connections and support
  • Making STEM relevant
  • Cost effective solutions
  • Extra networking and brainstorming time
  • Gamification of AR/VR as an educational tool



9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dr. Anne Forbes, Senior Lecturer in STEM Education, Macquarie University


9:10 am

Session Objective: Provide an overview of STEM policies, initiatives and projects nationally.

  • Overview of STEM school education policies, initiatives and projects across the country
  • Update on National Innovation and Science Agenda projects funded through the Australian Government Department of Education including ACARA’s Digital Technologies in focus project
  • Highlight Australian Curriculum connections with a focus on STEM

9:40 am

Session Objective: Using examples of current initiatives and programs, understand the role that partners, such as Social Ventures Australia, can play in supporting leaders, educators & students. This session will focus on the STEM practices approach, considering context and real-life learning, and the implications for schools who are working with communities experiencing disadvantage or challenge.

  • Learn about strategic collaboration for improvement developed through the SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection
  • Why from S.T.E.M to STEM? Unpacking ‘Why STEM practices should be taught across the entire curriculum’
  • Explore the STEM practices and contextual approaches through Australian case studies
  • Consider the role of partnership in delivering high-quality and high-equity STEM initiatives in your own context

10:10 am

Morning tea and networking break


10:40 am

This session will discuss the importance and immediate impact of global context when teaching STEM in the classroom. Today’s young citizens have been raised with a greater awareness of global issues, such as water scarcity and pollution, than any other generation. In order to engage this population in STEM and to remain relevant, the learning must be authentic and fully immersed in the backdrop of a global context. To teach global citizenship, we must recognize our role in impacting and engaging students in STEM activities through global inclusion, equity and diversity for them to reach their full potential in any K-12 classroom.


11:20 am

Session Objectives:

  • Understand the need for a STEAM focus in schools
  • Pre-requisites to develop a STEAM focused school
  • Integrating Digital Technologies

High performing countries are characterized by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) literate populations that celebrate discovery and innovation. An exemplary STEM education offers a rich context for developing skills, such as creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, teamwork and communication essential for the success of individuals, emerging industries and communities of the twenty-first century.

11:50 am

Meet other attendees and speakers during this guided interactive networking session


12:15 pm

The Adelaide Football Club (AFC) recognises that part of being an elite sporting organisation is a duty to give back to the community. In partnership with the Crow’s Children’s foundation, which supports children in need through health, education, wellbeing and leadership programs, the AFC has developed STEMfooty. During this session you will be introduced to the history, development and pedagogy of the STEMfooty program and AFC leadership in this initiative. STEMfooty is designed to translate Australian kids’ love of AFL into an appreciation, understanding, and passion for the science and mathematics underlying the sport. By demonstrating the natural connection between sport, science, and mathematics, students are encouraged to define and pursue better life choices, including the continuation of their education. For those students for whom book-based learning is challenging, the program offers valuable approaches to engage in body-based learning.

The educational objectives of the STEMfooty program are to:

  • Increase student awareness of STEM as a future educational and career path
  • Link STEM to a real world and broadly appealing application, thus increasing its relevance and interest to a wide range of children
  • Motivate students to excel at school despite real or perceived obstacles
  • Provide a measurable opportunity for individual transformation
  • Explore STEM concepts through experiential AND traditional academic approaches

12:45 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:45 pm

Session Objective: To understand and be able to use the 3 basic tools for Project Management

  • Hands on approach to Project Management
  • Overview of Project Management
  • Using templates, create your own PM Plan, a GAANT Chart, set up tracking for your KPI’s
  • And have fun!

2:15 pm

Session Objective: St. Leonard’s College is recognised as a leading, innovative school. Three years ago they strategically planned to increase the teaching, learning and engagement in STEM education. This session shares that journey with tips you can take back to your school environment to continue to build student’s capacity for their futures. Learn about:

  • Designing learning environments for integrated STEM experiences
  • Ideas for timetabled and extra-curricular STEM learning
  • Assessing what the future values: design thinking and 21st century skills
  • Thinking about what’s next with AR and VR

2:45 pm

Afternoon tea and networking break


3:15 pm

Session Objective: To discover ways you can use VR in the classroom as more than passive experiences by using techniques of gamification

  • Overview of the current state of VR
  • Explanation of gamification and how it can be used to enhance VR experiences
  • Exploration of current options in VR software and technology
  • Opportunity to create and try out some VR options that could be used in your classroom

*Laptop or tablet strongly recommended for this session*

3:45 pm

Session Objective: How to stimulate interest in a tour of exciting STEM sites in the USA and to ensure that its organisation is an uncomplicated process.

  • How best to promote interest in taking part in the Tour of STEM sites in the USA
  • An outline of the key educational objectives that students can gain from visiting NASA and experiencing activities such as simulation of spacecraft control
  • How to ensure that the Tour stimulates a long term interest in STEM for students.

4:15 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:30 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Sid Verma, Founder & Executive Director, BrainSTEM Ltd.


9:00 am

The Centre for Innovation and Learning opened its doors to public school students and their teachers 18 months ago. This session will describe the dynamic journey into developing not only the physical building but the framework for the professional learning that occurs within its walls. Learn how we are building teacher efficacy in STEM skills and subjects to improve student achievement and engagement.

9:30 am

Session Objective: To highlight a successful model of design thinking where curriculum and facility design merge.

 The Banyule Nillumbik Tech School promotes experience-based learning and reframes the ways Victorian secondary school students engage with STEM and STEAM education
 A unique design consultation process saw the building design evolve in tandem with the development of the curriculum
 Purposeful learner-based spaces and enhanced student engagement highlight the importance of providing multiple learning contexts
 Measuring the success of the Tech School


10:00 am

Current STEM in education research findings

10:30 am

Morning tea and networking break


10:50 am

  • Explore the reasons why traditional learning environments can be poorly suited to the motivations of female students
  • Learn how to build a better understanding of what is involved in careers in engineering and IT
  • Discuss practical ideas for increasing the participation of girls in STEM


11:30 am

Unpack inquiry learning with a Traditional Context. Take the journey through the eyes of a primary teacher, through a case study implementing The CSIRO I2S2 Indigenous STEM Inquiry learning units. Engage with the hands on Inquiry Learning, community engagement through the classroom, and building meaningful relationships through cultural considerations within the classroom and beyond.

Session Objectives:

  • Inquiry based teaching and learning
  • Cross-curriculum policies
  • Connections, Schools, Family and the Community


12:00 pm

Throughout 2018, the NSW Department of Education supported teachers and students in rural and remote communities across NSW through their involvement in the Rural and Remote primary STEM project. The project aim: to deepen teachers’ knowledge in STEM disciplines, and support schools to develop integrated classroom practices. Within today’s session, we will explore the highlights of this project, the impact STEM pedagogy has had on student outcomes, as well as develop an understanding of the constraints of working in rural and remote communities. We will look at the direction that this successful project has taken in 2019.

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:20 pm

Session Objective: In this panel discussion we will investigate how the NSW Department of Education in Partnership with Regional Development Australia have been able to collaborate with Industry partners to engage and inspire young people in STEM. This panel is made up of representatives from the Department of Education, Regional Development Australia and Industry. The panellists will highlight how the SISP program has been beneficial for their schools, business and region.

  • Why school industry collaborations are good for students, business and regions
  • What makes a good STEM partnership program
  • What has been the effect of the SISP program in our regional centers
  • How to build a sustainable partnership program

2:00 pm

This session will explore how emerging technologies are influencing the nature of STEM careers and what impact that will have upon students in Australia. Setting the context within the 4th Industrial Revolution, the session will explore how to excite students about careers in STEM, engage effectively with industry partners, resources for schools and practical examples in Northern Territory and Victoria.

2:30 pm

Attendees and speakers will expand on the major conference themes

2:50 pm

Session Objective: The STEM Professionals in Schools is a national volunteer program that facilitates partnerships between schools and industry to bring real STEM into the classroom and partners teachers with STEM professionals to enhance STEM teaching practices and deliver engaging education across Australian Schools. Partnership share with a primary school teacher who is in the STEM Professionals in School program and working with a STEM professional.

  • To provide teachers and STEM professionals information about the STEM Professionals in Schools program
  • How to get started in their partnership, communication in their partnership
  • Why the program matters
  • Real life partnership examples

3:20 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:30 pm

END OF CONFERENCE and Afternoon tea


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2095$1895+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695$1495+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$995$795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

Event Pricing

General Pricing

  • Early bird rate: $1,895 + GST – Expires on 30 June 2019
  • Standard rate: $2,095 + GST – From 01 July 2019

Govt & Higher Education Rate

  • Early bird rate: $1,495 + GST – Expires on 30 June 2019
  • Standard rate: $1,695 + GST – From 01 July 2019

K-12 Rate

  • Early bird rate: $795 + GST – Expires on 30 June 2019
  • Standard rate: $995 + GST – From 01 July 2019


Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

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

Julie King

Project Lead, Digital Technologies in focus, and Curriculum Specialist, Technologies, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Susannah Schoeffel

Associate Director- Education, Social Ventures Australia

Amy F. McCooe

CEO, Level Up Village

Hans Geers

Principal, Brookman Primary School, WA

Katie Gloede

STEMfooty Program Manager, Adelaide Football Club

Nigel Smart

Chief Operating Officer, Adelaide Football Club

Teresa Janowski

CEO & Founder, STEM FastTrack

Tim Barlow

Director of Technology Innovation, St. Leonard's College, VIC

Claire Seldon

Learning Design Officer, NSW Department of Education

Frank Costello

Coordinator of STEM Robotics, Xavier College, VIC

Paula Taylor

Executive Officer in STEM Pedagogy, Centre for Innovation and Learning, ACT Education Directorate

Amy Gulbinas

Education Specialist, CSIRO

Torres Webb

Education Specialist, CSIRO

Barbara Ryan

K-6 STEM Primary Curriculum Project Advisor, Learning and Teaching Directorate, Early Learning & Primary Education, NSW Department of Education

Ayesha Ali Khan

Mathematics Advisor K-6, Learning and Teaching Directorate, Early Learning & Primary Education, NSW Department of Education

Dr Scott Sleap

STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) Program Leader, NSW Department of Education, Secondary Education, Learning and Teaching Directorate

Melisa Trigg

Primary Principal, Kearsley Public School (Part of the Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence)

Matt Scott

STEM Curriculum Advisor 7-12 & SISP Project Manager, NSW Department of Education

Matt Sprakel

Chief Engineering Classic Hornet, Boeing Defence Australia

Tim Edwards

VP, Strategic Partnerships, LifeJourney

Dr. Anne Forbes

Senior Lecturer in STEM Education, Macquarie University

Senior Representative, STEM Professionals in Schools Program, CSIRO Education and Outreach

Melika Grigg-Baycan

Associate, Tectura Architects

Marc Blanks

Executive Director, Tech Schools - Banyule-Nillumbik and Whittlesea, Melbourne Polytechnic

Sid Verma

Founder & Executive Director, BrainSTEM Ltd.

Event Images

STEM 2018

when & where

06 - 07 Aug 2019

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

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Jamie Elekman
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4429

Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4425

Get all the latest on Informa news and events

Informa Australia is the nation's leading event organiser. Our events comprise of large scale exhibitions, industry conferences and highly specialised corporate training.

Find out more