Deep Dives

STEM 2022 Deep Dives

STEM 2022 Deep Dive workshops go beyond content knowledge and emphasises skill development in a range of STEM areas. These could include skills in leadership, problem-solving, critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, or in the use of technology.

Curriculum deep dives will look at the development of rich teaching and learning programs or practical skill development in STEM based subjects. The extended nature of the workshops allows the participants to develop a deep understanding or knowledge of the topic being presented. 

Deep Dive: Topic 1

Improving participation by girls in STEM subjects: creating a plan for change 

Presenters: LEANNE ROBERTSON, MICHELLE HAMILL

Synopsis: Work with the team from the Girls in STEM Toolkit (https://www.thegist.edu.au/) to unpack classroom strategies for inclusive STEM learning environments. In this deep dive teachers will use guides, templates, research and examples from other Australian teachers to develop a plan to improve STEM outcomes for students.

Speaker Bio: Leanne Robertson is a Program Director at Education Services Australia and manages a number of projects including the Digital Technologies Hub, Maths in Schools project and Girls in STEM Toolkit (the GiST). Leanne has extensive experience in the delivery of National digital education resources.

Speaker Bio: Michelle Hamill is a content manager at Educational Services Australia. She has extensive experience in digital resource curriculum mapping, writing quality metadata and providing feedback on the educational soundness of curriculum resources.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Primary teachers, secondary teachers, tertiary educators,
STEM coordinators, school leaders, science and technology, mandatory technology, TAS, science, mathematics, computing, iSTEM

Presenter
LEANNE ROBERTSON
Program Director Education Services Australia Ltd
Presenter
MICHELLE HAMILL
Content Manager Education Services Australia Ltd 
Deep Dive: Topic 2

How to create design thinking experiences that empower students to be creators of solutions

Presenters: HEATHER LAVERICK, NIKYETTA PENCHEFF

In this deep dive workshops the Curriculum Early Years and Primary Learners team will be co-presenting with Taronga Zoo, industry partners, community organisations and teachers, to explore worked examples of how to;

  1. embed design thinking into learning sequences and empower learners to be creators of solutions,
  2. contextualise learning by creating authentic inquiry/project-based learning sequences, and
  3. link learning with community and industry partners

Speaker Bio: Heather Laverick is the Primary Curriculum STEM Advisor for NSW Department of Education. Prior to this role, she was the STEM Project Officer for the Rivers Academy of STEM Excellence, a STEM Industry School Partnerships Academy based in Northern NSW. It is through this project that she worked with community and industry partners on the implementation and delivery of high-quality professional learning to support teachers to meaningfully embed STEM across all subject areas.

Speaker Bio: Nikyetta Pencheff is a STEM Project Officer at The Central Coast Academy of STEM Excellence, supporting a network of 29 schools. Nikyetta has more than 17 years’ experience in education as a Technology and Applied Studies/Industrial Arts teacher and is qualified in Engineering and VET Construction. This gives her a unique understanding of the value of establishing links to industry and building STEM principles in students as a foundation to engage and inspire them towards study or employment in STEM careers.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Primary teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders,
science and technology

Presenter
HEATHER LAVERICK
STEM Advisor K-6 – Curriculum Early Years and Primary Learners, Department of Education
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NIKYETTA PENCHEFF
STEM Project Officer, Central Coast Academy of STEM Excellence

Deep Dive: Topic 3

Antarctica up close – curiosity and engagement 

Presenters: DAVID DIECKFOSS

Synopsis: Work with David Dieckfoss from the Mawson’s Huts Foundation with his aim to help students and teachers foster a deep interest and understanding of environmental science. In this Deep Dive teachers will learn how to use science, and experimentation to jumpstart student engagement and enquiry skills. The session aims to promote confidence in enquiry-based learning and to equip teachers in the teaching of environmental sciences.

Speaker Bio: David Dieckfoss is a science teacher who has a record of developing and delivering successful engagement programs in schools, colleges, universities. David has journeyed to Antarctica many times and has been the Science Communicator on two consecutive voyages on the CSIRO research vessel the RV Investigator. He has developed educational programs for the CSIRO, The Australian Antarctic Division, Mawson’s Huts foundation, the Bookend Trust, and the Duke of Edinburgh International award.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Primary teachers, lower secondary teachers, 
science and technology, mandatory technology, science, HSIE

Presenter
DAVID DIECKFOSS
Education Officer – Mawson’s Huts Foundation Ltd.
Deep Dive: Topic 4

Switch thinking – how to develop an amazing mind?

Presenter: DR KEN HUDSON

Synopsis: In this thought-provoking deep dive Dr Ken Hudson will explore the concept of an ultimate future capability being to develop an amazing mind. Now there is a way to do this – it’s called Switch Thinking. In this fast, interactive, and energising session where teachers will learn to use a number of tools to help them and their students to create, solve, imagine in new and different ways. Watch the video to the right to learn more about switch thinking.

Speaker Bio: Ken Hudson is an author, speaker, trainer, thinking coach and inventor of switch thinking, an easy way for leaders, groups and teams to think differently. He was previously a marketing director at American Express, product manager at Citibank and Dunlop Slazenger as well as holding senior positions in advertising and direct marketing agencies.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, primary teachers, tertiary educators,
iSTEM teachers, school leaders, all STEM and non-STEM faculty areas

Presenter
Dr KEN HUDSON
Founder – The Original Thinking Company
Deep Dive: Topic 5

Where? The mathematics in surveying

Presenters: CORINNE TOWNS, JENNIFER SMITH, MATT FITZSIMMONS

Synopsis: During this deep dive teachers will interact with pick-up-and-use learning activities that highlight Stage 4 and 5 Mathematics in Surveying. The skills developed in this session will empower teachers to support students in becoming mini-surveyors with the skills to accurately locate objects and scope building plans.

Corinne Towns, Matt Fitzsimmons and Jennifer Smith are all members of the mathematics curriculum team in the NSW Department of Education.

Speaker Bio: Corinne was a member of the inaugural mathematics growth team in 2020 before moving across to the mathematics curriculum team. Since starting her career in 2016, she been a driver in mathematical pedagogy across primary schools, high schools and universities.

Speaker Bio: Matt started his teaching career in primary schools after retraining from industry in 2010. In 2017 he completed a Masters of Secondary Education specialising in Mathematics, and transitioned across to the high school setting.

Speaker Bio:Jennifer Smith joined the Mathematics Curriculum Team in the Department of Education at the beginning of 2021 and has experience teaching in a variety of school settings: from rural high schools, central schools, and comprehensive coastal high schools. She has been a Mathematics Head Teacher for 9 years.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, tertiary educators, Mathematics teachers, iSTEM teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders, 
Mathematics, iSTEM, Geography

Presenter
CORINNE TOWNS
Mathematics Curriculum Officer 7-12 – NSW Department of Education
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JENNIFER SMITH
Mathematics Curriculum Officer 7-12 – NSW Department of Education

Presenter
MATT FITZSIMMONS
Mathematics Curriculum Officer 7-12 – NSW Department of Education
Deep Dive: Topic 6

The numbers behind the science: authentic data analysis in scientific investigations

Presenter: DR SHAM NAIR

Synopsis: In this deep dive, the science curriculum team from the NSW Department of Education will introduce teachers to strategies that they can use in science classes to collect and analyse authentic data. These strategies will help to deepen students’ skills for Working Scientifically while enhancing their mathematical reasoning abilities.

Speaker Bio: Dr Sham Nair’s career spans academia, scientific research and school teaching. Trained as a molecular biologist, Dr Nair’s research interests focussed on the intersection between immunology and genomics in various organisms. As an academic, he taught many undergraduate courses and supervised research students in postgraduate degree programs. After a research visit to the Carl Weimann Science Education Initiative in Canada, Dr Nair became involved in science education research and has been a science teacher in NSW schools. Dr Nair is currently the Science Advisor 7-12 at the NSW Department of Education.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, tertiary educators, science teachers, iSTEM teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders,
science, mathematics, TAS, iSTEM

Presenter
DR SHAM NAIR
Science Advisor 7-12 – NSW Department of Education
Deep Dive: Topic 7

Building mechatronic and automated systems

Presenters: LIZ ROSE, PETER DAVIS

Synopsis: In this engaging deep dive, the TAS Curriculum Secondary Learners team from the NSW Department of Education will explore how building an inexpensive computer-controlled hardware system that uses sensors and actuators can effect change within the system’s environment.

Speaker Bio: Liz Rose is a Curriculum Support Officer for TAS 7 – 12 with the NSW Department of Education. She has been teaching for over 15 years in North-West Sydney at large comprehensive high schools and has been a Head Teacher for 9 of those years. She many years of experience as a TAS Head Teacher and STEM Coordinator in her substantive position at The Ponds High School.

Speaker Bio: Peter Davis is the Senior Education Officer (SEO2) TAS Curriculum Project Advisor Peter. He provides professional development and resources for teachers in the NSW Department of Education. Peter has over twenty years teaching experience in subjects including, Software Design and Development, Information Processing and Technology and Engineering Studies. He has also had experience teaching in Northern Territory (Katherine) Walgett (North West NSW) Rooty Hill, Castle Hill and for ten years was the Head Teacher TAS at Normanhurst Boys High School.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, tertiary educators, TAS teachers, iSTEM teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders,
TAS, iSTEM, computing

Presenter
LIZ ROSE
TAS Curriculum Project Officer – Curriculum Secondary Learners, NSW Department of Education
Presenter
PETER DAVIS
A/TAS Curriculum Adviser – Curriculum Secondary Learners, NSW Department of Education
Deep Dive: Topic 8

STEM programming masterclass

Presenters: ANDREW O’BRIEN, MATTHEW SCOTT

Synopsis: In this deep dive, teachers will be guided through a process for identifying authentic STEM opportunities and selecting a STEM project ideas based in their local context. Explore a method for identification and mapping of secondary cross-KLA syllabus outcomes and content and produce course documentation. Cross-curriculum teams from the same school would benefit from attending this masterclass. 

Speaker Bio: Andrew O’Brien is the STEM Curriculum Adviser 7 – 12 for the NSW Department of Education. He has worked on numerous STEM and TAS curriculum projects and is currently development resources for the NSW Department of Education approved elective iSTEM course.

Speaker Bio: Matt Scott is the STEM Coordinator for the NSW Department of Education, overseeing the work of the secondary Science, TAS, Mathematics and STEM curriculum support teams. Matt has been a long-time contributor to the NESA board-endorsed Stage 5 iSTEM curriculum, and new NSW Department of Education approved elective iSTEM course.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, tertiary educators, TAS teachers, iSTEM teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders,
mathematics, science, TAS, iSTEM, HSIE, PDHPE, CAPA, English

Presenter
MATTHEW SCOTT
STEM Coordinator – NSW Department of Education
Presenter
ANDREW O’BRIEN
STEM Advisor 7-12 – NSW Department of Education
Deep Dive: Topic 9

Making education and industry partnerships work

Presenters: MIKHAILA HALFORD JILLIAN WILLIAMS, DUNCAN BURCK

Synopsis: In this deep dive teachers will work with innovative leaders from business and the NSW Department of Education who specialise in school and industry partnerships. The workshop aims  to assist schools to successfully engage and connect with local businesses and industries.

Speaker Bio: Mikhaila Halford is a Capability Development Manager who divides her time between creating growth opportunities for the people of Ampcontrol and developing pathways for students at all levels looking to enter the organisation. A successful multi-industry career spanning manufacturing, hospitality, health, process improvement and leadership, Mikhaila’s passion for creating connection with people is evidenced in her ability to build rapport with individuals so she can better understand their needs.

Speaker Bio: Jillian Williams is an experienced and highly regarded professional in the field of education and industry partnerships. Currently in the role of Senior Project Officer, Central Coast Region for Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP). She discovered her passion for Industry and Education partnerships during her tenure with IBM Australia / New Zealand as the P-TECH Industry Liaison for the Central Coast. Jillian’s corporate background is one of her greatest strengths in this field as she has a career that incorporates over 20 years of experience in multi-layered project management working across multiple industries domestically and internationally including Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Hospitality and Tourism, HR Management, Small to Medium Business Enterprises (SME’s) and Career Development and Coaching Industry.

Speaker Bio: Duncan Burck is an experienced, entrepreneurial, results-driven business executive with a passion for helping teachers get the tools they need to help students get ready for the future of work. Duncan was instrumental in helping shape the industry relationship strategy for the NSW Department of Education’s SISP Program. Today, his company, MCB Business Partners, continues to collaborate and develop programs with Government, industry and tertiary education, which help teachers bring real-world, immersive and enriching learning experiences to the classrooms.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, primary teachers, tertiary educators,  iSTEM teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders,
all STEM and non STEM subjects

Introduction
Dr Scott Sleap
STEM Project Advisor – NSW Department of Education
Presenter
MIKHAILA HALFORD
Capability Development Manager – Ampcontrol
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JILLIAN WILLIAMS
Senior Project Officer – RIEP Program
Presenter
DUNCAN BURCK
Managing Director, MCB Partners
Deep Dive: Topic 10

Leadership in the face of disruption 

Presenters: PROFESSOR RUSSELL BOYCE, DARRYL KROOK

Synopsis: Every sector and industry face a complex, uncertain future – one in which disruption is inevitable and increasingly frequent. This poses enormous challenges along with exciting opportunities for leaders.  Experts in the field of leadership and disruption will explore challenges and opportunities, and provide practical insight into the art of strategic yet personal leadership in an increasingly complex world.

Speaker Bio: Professor Russell Boyce holds the position of Chair for Intelligent Space Systems and Director of UNSW Canberra Space – Australia’s largest and leading space mission, research and education team. He played a significant role in the establishment of the Australian Space Agency and is Australia’s only living Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a graduate of INSEAD’s flagship Advanced Management Program and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Speaker Bio: Darryl Krook is a respected consultant in the areas of strategic and organisational development, having worked with public and private organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and Europe. He is an adjunct Associate Professor at several Australian Universities, specialising in executive coaching. Darryl’s reputation for leadership coaching with company executives is globally acknowledged.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, primary teachers, tertiary educators, DEL’s, STEM coordinators, school leaders,
all STEM and non STEM subjects

Presenter
PROFESSOR RUSSELL BOYCE
Director, UNSW Canberra Space

Presenter
DARRYL KROOK
Director, CPEM Pty Ltd
Deep Dive: Topic 11

Exploring implementation of the HPGE policy through STEM

Presenter: BODHAN BALLA-GOW

Synopsis: How can the NSW Department of Education’s first learning and teaching policy in over a decade, High Potential and Gifted Education, provide guidance in establishing or enhancing existing STEM programs? Join Bodhan Balla-Gow as he outlines his involvement in the Department’s High Potential and Gifted Education Policy, and how it can be implemented through STEM education in your school.

Speaker Bio: Bohdan Balla-Gow is the High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator for the NSW Department of Education. He has been involved and held leading roles in gifted education for 18 years, culminating in his involvement in developing the Department’s High Potential and Gifted Education Policy.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Secondary teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders,  Head Teacher Teaching and Learning, HPGE Teachers and coordinators,
all STEM and non STEM subjects

Presenter
BODHAN BALLA-GOW
High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator, NSW Department of Education
Deep Dive: Topic 12

Bringing the fun back into STEM with LEGO Education’s SPIKE Prime

Presenter: JAMES DWYER

Synopsis: Experience how fun and engaging STEM is meant to be. From beginners to experienced teachers gain hands-on experience working with the sensors, motors and LEGO Education’s intelligent SPIKE Prime hub. Learn how the curriculum aligned, SPIKE Prime lesson plans can be used to teach STEM. Experience the joy of combining different coding languages (Scratch and Python) with hardware in endless open-ended challenges to teach creativity, problem solving, critical thinking & the other 21st century skills.

Speaker Bio: James Dwyer is a teacher with a passion for robotics, who loves to share his knowledge and excite other teachers! James is a Certified LEGO Education Academy Teacher Trainer and has substantial experience as a facilitator of robotics workshops, from beginning to advanced. He is heavily involved in RoboCup Junior Australia competitions and has mentored numerous teams to success at the highest levels.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Primary teachers, secondary teachers, tertiary educators,  iSTEM teachers, TAS teachers, 
science and technology, mandatory technology, computing, iSTEM

Presenter
JAMES DWYER
Business Development Manager – STEM & Robotics
Deep Dive: Topic 13

Building cultural capability in Aboriginal Education and STEM

Presenters: DAVID NEWHAM, NATHAN TOWNEY

Synopsis: In this deep dive, delegates will build on the morning’s keynote presentation ‘Practical strategies to strengthen understanding of Aboriginal Education’ by Nathan Towney. Delegates will be guided by Aboriginal Education and cultural experts in a series of experiential activities in and around the Crowne Plaza complex.

Speaker Bio: David Newham, a proud Wiradjuri descendant and Ngemba man was raised and educated in the Newcastle area. As an experienced cultural consultant David works closely with many schools across the Newcastle/Hunter region as an Aboriginal Cultural Educator and is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy focusing on a model of cultural education he has developed based on traditional Aboriginal epistemology and ways of sharing in a modern educational context.

Speaker Bio: Nathan Towney is a proud Wiradjuri man, his appointment at The University of Newcastle follows 20 years with the NSW Department of Education managing the Aboriginal Education team and as the Principal of Newcastle High School.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?
Primary teachers, secondary teachers, tertiary educators,  STEM coordinators, school leaders, ATSI staff,  
all STEM and non STEM subjects

Presenter
Nathan Towney
High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator, NSW Department of Education
Presenter
David Newham
Director, Cultural Programs and Engagement, Indyamurra Cultural Education
Deep Dive: Topic 14

Introduction to physical computing

Presenters: Laurens Derks, Tanya Riach

Synopsis:In this deep dive, teachers will look at the automation of data collection using Micro:Bit with external sensors. The team from STEM.T4L will discuss the different types of data collected from a range of subject areas within primary and secondary. This is an introductory workshop which will utilise mainly block coding with extensions into the use of line based coding techniques. No prior knowledge or skills in physical computing is necessary. At the end of this workshop teachers will be confident to implement physical computing concepts in their own classroom.

Speaker Bio: Laurens Derks is the Learning Experience Developer for STEM.T4L within the NSW Department of Education’s Information Technology Directorate. He is technology integration specialist in K-12 teaching and learning. Since 2009 his focus has been to discover how technology can empower learners of all ages and ability levels.

Speaker Bio: Tanya Riach is a stem.T4L Leader at NSW Department of Education’s Information Technology Directorate. Tanya is one of the micro:bit foundations, micro:bit champions class of 2022 where she is the current Australian Community Lead and one of eight from across the world.

Speaker Bio: Megan Anderson is a stem.T4L Leader at NSW Department of Education’s Information Technology Directorate.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?

Primary teachers, secondary teachers, STEM coordinators, school leaders, science and technology, mandatory technology, design and technology geography, science, mathematics, computing, iSTEM, PDHPE

 

Presenter
LAURENS DERKS
Learning Experience Developer, STEM.T4L
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TANYA RIACH
Leader, STEM.T4L
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MEGAN ANDERSON
Leader, STEM.T4L
Deep Dive: Topic 15

Becoming mathematicians: Using STEM practices to be knowers, doers and sense-makers of mathematics

Presenters: Ayesha Ali Khan, Michelle Tregoning

Synopsis: If reasoning is more than asking: ‘Can you explain your thinking?’, how can we use STEM practices to enrich reasoning so students can be become knowers, doers and sense-makers of mathematics? This hands-on session will explore different aspects of Reasoning, STEM practices and how we can get students thinking and working like mathematicians.

Speaker Bio: Ayesha Ali Khan is the Primary Mathematics Coordinator for NSW Maths Strategy.

Speaker Bio: Michelle Tregoning is the Leader of Mathematics Professional Learning for the NSW Maths Strategy.

Who should attend this Deep Dive?

Primary teachers, school leaders 

 

Presenter
AYESHA ALI KHAN
Primary Mathematics Coordinator, NSW Maths Strategy
Presenter
MICHELLE TREGONING
Leader Mathematics Professional Learning K – 12, NSW Maths Strategy