STEM Conference

Be inspired

Our Keynote Speakers:

  • Peter Ellyard

    Peter Ellyard

    Australia’s most prominent futurist

    Dr Peter Ellyard is Australia’s most prominent futurist. He is also a strategist, speaker and author. Peter is particularly known for his highly original, challenging and inspirational ideas on shaping the future, and for his motivational addresses on future-making.

    Peter is currently Chairman of the Preferred Futures Institute, which he founded in 1991, where he assists individuals, families, organisations, communities and nations to chart and implement visions and strategies to ensure success in an emerging, 21st century integrated, interdependent, global society.

  • Helen Silvester

    Helen Silvester

    Oxford Science author / Secondary teacher

    Helen is Head of Science at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. She has over 20 years’ Science teaching experience and a background in research at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

    Helen is also an experienced author of Science textbooks including Oxford Big Ideas Science and Oxford Science. In 2015, Helen was awarded a High Commendation for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools as part of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

  • Anita L’Enfant

    Anita L’Enfant

    Education specialist

    As an educator with over 25 years of classroom experience and numerous years in education consulting, Anita’s mission is to transform education, empowering teachers to facilitate student-centred learning, foster creativity, and address each student’s unique learning style using technology.

    She believes her mission will be complete when she no longer recognises the classroom she grew up in, and instead sees in every school a fun, challenging place of exhilarating growth that truly prepares each individual student for lifelong learning.


  • Be engaged

    Hands-on workshops exploring common challenges when teaching STEM.

    PRIMARY
    The M in STEM: Teaching approaches to mathematics – Peter Sullivan, author
    Building a ‘making’ culture in your school – Steve Brophy, Direct of ICT and eLearning, Ivanhoe Grammar

    STEMMING From the Early Years Classroom: Creative and critical thinking where it matters most – Rod Soper, Thinkers Inq.

    Hands-on STEM learning – Rachel Kennedy

    Coding in the Primary classroom – Bel Clohesy


    SECONDARY
    Transforming science through STEM – Michael Rosenbrock, Wodonga Senior Secondary College

    How Flipped Learning Enables Better STEM Education – Andrew Douch

    Express Arduino Workshop – Paulo Da Silva, Wyndham Central Secondary College

    Interdisciplinary approaches to STEM Education – Jan van Driel and David Clarke, the University of Melbourne

    Virtually STEM – Anita L’Enfant

    Schedule

    • 9:15am – 9:30am: Welcome
    • 9:30am – 10:30am: Keynote 1 – Peter Ellyard

      Dr Peter Ellyard is Australia’s most prominent futurist. He is also a strategist, speaker and author. Peter is particularly known for his highly original, challenging and inspirational ideas on shaping the future, and for his motivational addresses on future-making. Peter is currently Chairman of the Preferred Futures Institute, which he founded in 1991, where he assists individuals, families, organisations, communities and nations to chart and implement visions and strategies to ensure success in an emerging, 21st century integrated, interdependent, global society. Dr Peter Ellyard appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.

    • 10:30am – 10:45am: Morning tea
    • 10:55am – 11:35am: Workshop Session 1
    • 11:45am – 12:45pm: Keynote 2 – Helen Silvester

      Is STEM sexist?
      We are bombarded from birth that men and women are different. Testosterone makes men more active and aggressive. Evolution has made women more nurturing and needing to personally relate to the topics. What does the research say, and how can this be applied in a STEM classroom? Do we need to teach STEM subjects differently to girls to keep them interested? This session will describe the research and examine how it can be used to guide an increase in girls enrolling in STEM subjects.


    • 12:45pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

    • 1:40pm – 2:20pm: Workshop Session 2
    • 2:30pm – 3:10pm: Workshop Session 3
    • 3:10pm – 3:25pm: Afternoon break
    • 3:25pm – 4:25pm: Keynote 3 – Anita L’Enfant

      STEM: Making it happen
      So you've heard all about STEM, why STEM is important for our students' futures and how to better include girls in STEM. You've had hands-on, and brains-on, workshops about STEM integration, STEM throughout the different age-groups and experiences with new technologies to excite and engage you. You've had great networking discussions with other educators and are pretty fired up with ideas. So, now what?
      Confucius said, "Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous." So let's reflect on our learnings today and plan how we can bring together our understandings and how they apply to our school. Anita L'Enfant will show you how to take your school on the next step of your STEM journey.


    Invitation by Anita

    Listen to one of our keynote speakers, Anita, talk to you about why you should come along to this event and what impact you can expect it to have on your teaching.

    Be confident

    Take away new ideas or skills that you can apply to your teaching straight away.