Regional STEM Education Conference 2017

Event Details

The third annual Regional STEM Education Conference was hosted at the Centre on Wednesday, December 13 from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

What is on offer?

High-quality professional development and networking focussed on the individual disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics as well as their incorporation into integrated STEM learning from Foundation through to Year 12.

Who should attend?

This conference is targeted at teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in regional Australia. As it is hosted in Wodonga the key audience is those in the North East of Victoria and the Southern Riverina of New South Wales.


Early bird registration is $50 per person and is open until November 14th. Registrations after this date will be at the full price of $70 per person. This includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.


Registrations are now closed.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters: 

Sessions and Resources: 

8.30am Registration, Tea and Coffee

9.00am Welcome

* Presentation

9.20am Session A

A1: Primary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.
* Presentation

A2: CANCELLED Interactive Notebooks in Maths and Science. Sarah Laidlaw, Wodonga Middle Years College. 

A3: Virtual reality and augmented reality in STEM education, Katrina Don Paul and Natasha Leske, Stile Education.
* AR + VR resources

A4: Mathematica: Beyond Computation. Rohan Barry and Ian Berryman, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.

10.20am Morning Tea – sponsored by Jacaranda

10.40am Networking Session

Sessions will be run based on numbers registered. Facilitators will address the following agenda: brainstorm ways to support each other; email list; inviting others; further discussion.

11.05am Session C

C1 Digital Technologies: Unpacking the Curriculum. Owen Brasier, Computing Education Specialist, Australian Computing Academy.
Achievement Standard Assessment Guide from CSER at the University of Adelaide

C2: Secondary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.


C4: Bringing STEM to the zombie apocalypse. Stephen Alderton and Kate O’Neil and Louise Trickett, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.

12.05pm Lunch – sponsored by Charles Sturt University

Displays will be set up by North East Water, Ciderhouse ICT, Stile Education and LaTrobe University

An optional tour of the STEM Outdoor Classroom will be on offer.

12.50pm Session E

E1: Getting STEAMD – Bringing Art and design into STEM! Patricia Broom, Principal, Beechworth Secondary College.

E2: Putting the S back into STEM/STEAM. Doug Bail, Ciderhouse.
* Pasco Teacher Guides

E3: Using Games, Simulations and Analogue Models to Demonstrate Nanoscopic and Digital Processes. Dr. Dianne Ruka, Senior Education & Training Coordinator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
* Presentation

E4: CANCELLED Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.

E5: Maths in the yard, Michael Hosking, Wodonga Middle Years College

1.50pm Afternoon Tea – sponsored by Stile Education

2.10pm Session F

F1: CANCELLED Supranature – Where STEM meets Montessori. Laureen Barnard, Beechworth Secondary College.

F2: Breakout EDU: Utilise the new Breakout Room craze to gamify your classroom. Valerie Ratcliff, Victory Lutheran College Wodonga

F3: CANCELLED Simple Circuits in the Victorian Curriculum. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.

F4: STEM Beyond the Acronym. Michelle Heintze, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.

F5: Block-based programming for classroom robotics: Drones, Spheros, Ozobots. Brendan Freeman, Baranduda Primary School.
Ozobot QG
Parrot QG
Sphero QG

3.10pm Plenary

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3.30pm Conference Close

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