Session Information - 2019

Opening Keynote: Do you STEAM for a Purpose? Building Bridges to the world, their future and beyond.
Presented by: Brett Moller, St Andrew’s Institute of Learning

Did you know that STEM/STEAM is actually a global focus for schools at present? The well-intentioned desire to see students engaged and exploring these important fields has ended up breaking down our teaching into silos where we're departing from effective, integrated approaches to these subject areas.

Brett will discuss the real the purpose of STEM as a holistic approach to learning through a range of examples from schools globally. He'll explore how putting the ‘A’ in STEAM can bring even more purpose to the classroom with highlights on how the focus on the arts and creativity is but a small fraction of STEAM.

He'll also investigate the power of not just the creative arts, but also the liberal arts and identify important areas such as social justice/how framing STEM projects with a foundational purpose engages students, stretching them to critically think as global citizens and providing pathways to tackle real-world problems.


Keynote: Full STEAM Ahead in your school - Strategic planning to reduce resistance and break down the barriers.
Presented by: David Williams, Catholic Education Sandhurst

This keynote will explore the importance of STEAM-based curriculum and the need for developing transferable skills in both primary and secondary school, tying direct links to industry within a local and global context.

We'll also discuss the importance of building a viable strategic plan and a shared vision to solidify the 'why' and create ‘buy in’, along with resourcing and how to influence key stakeholders in your school/community to open opportunities for you to go ‘full STEAM ahead’ in your school.


Design Thinking - Open the world with Robotics and Student Voice - Hands on Building Experience and Mini-Competition.
Presented by: Student VEX Team, Galen Catholic College

Be inspired by VEX Students who have gone on an incredible journey from Regional Victoria with very little Robotics and Coding knowledge to take on the VEX World Championships in Lousiville, USA.

Hear how they championed their own leaning and continued to grow and mentor others, and learn from their teachers how they've achieved an incredible example of powerful student-led outcomes.

The students will also join you in a mini-competition scenario and guide you through a basic build and programming a VEX IQ Robot using iPads and ModKit, with prizes for the winners!


Low floor - High ceilings!  Access an existing world of free resources currently available through the CSER Project from the University of Adelaide.
Presented by: Celia Coffa, University of Adelaide

Celia will introduce delegates to the free online resources (Professional learning and online courses) provided by the CSER Project from the University of Adelaide.