Professional Learning Community follow up session:
Wednesday 2 November (online)


2022 Future Focussed STEM - STEM for the Global Learner - NESA Accredited

The Alice Springs Declaration (2019) sets all educators the goal of developing students that are

• confident and creative individuals
• successful lifelong learners
• active and informed members of the community. Students who are resilient and develop the skills and strategies they need to tackle current and future challenges

STEM principles give expression to authentic inquiry-based learning.
Authentic STEM learning opportunities delve into both the K-6 Science and Technology and 7-10 Science syllabi to enable students to be immersed in inquiry-based learning, develop critical thinking skills and enable all learners to adapt, grow and flourish in a rapidly changing world.
The STANSW K-10 Conference Future Focussed STEM - STEM for the Global Learner, will provide an opportunity for K-10 teachers to be immersed in hands-on activities, resources and learning strategies to embed in the classroom and beyond.

Join us on Wednesday 14 September at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney to explore practical and curriculum based examples of K-10 STEM learning experiences that spark curiosity, inspire innovation and empower students.   

Completing STANSW K-10 Conference 2022 – Future Focussed STEM will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 1.2.2, 2.6.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Wednesday 14 September 2022 - Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney


Professional Learning Community follow up session:
 Wednesday 2 November (online)


Price includes GST   Early Bird
Individual & Life Members  $257.40    $286.00
Primary School Associate  $360.80    $401.50
Secondary School Associate
 $445.50    $495.00
Pre-Service Member  $257.40    $286.00
Non-Member  $544.50


Registrations close Wednesday, August 31st.  




8.45am - Welcome. Kate Salmon, Head of Education & Engagement, Royal Botanic Gardens 

9.00am - Keynote: Facing the Now with High Possibility STEM Classrooms: Ten directions for success in Australian schools. Dr Jane Hunter, UTS (45 mins) 

9.50am - Morning Tea

10.30am - Professional Learning Community sessions (45 minutes) 

In these sessions we will collaboratively design evidence-based practice to teach difficult concepts, whilst examining our beliefs and assumptions: Why are we doing this? Why are we doing it this way? What pattern of behaviour is helping us and what is not? How am I ensuring personal mastery? How am I sharing my expertise? What have I improved lately? How do I know that works? 

11.30am - Workshop 1 (1 Hour) 

Option A: Leveraging technology and Integrating STEM across the K-6 curriculum. Nicole Hunt, Abbotsleigh Junior School 

Option B: Boeing FutureU initiative. Luke Kelleher, Catherine McAuley Catholic College Medowie 

Option C: Transforming the curriculum by leading with STEM. Brian Host, Cedars Christian College 

12.50pm - Lunch & Learn Sessions - Royal Botanical Gardens (30mins) 

Option 1: Compost, Critters & Connection: a tour of the Yellowwood Education Garden. Tess Jones, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust - *FULL

Option 2: Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour: Walk with a First Nations guide through the Botanic Gardens to learn more about Indigenous bush foods. Kalkani Choolburra, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust - *FULL

1.45pm - Workshop 2 (1 hour) 

Option A: Connecting to place, within the Science Syllabus. Dr Amanda Lloyd, Greater Sydney Parklands - Centennial Parklands 

Option B: Hands-on with MicroBits - The Mighty Power of the Microcomputer - inquiry STEM Learning through the Use of MicroBits. Ian Fairhust, Knox Grammar Preparatory School 

Option C: Design Thinking. Roslyn Mahrous 

3.00pm - Workshop 3 (1 hour) 

Option A: Powerhouse: Future Space. An international collaboration that ignites wonder in STEM through connection with experts and experiments on the International Space Station. Sophie Poisel, Head of the Lang Walker Family Academy at Powerhouse Parramatta 

Option B: How to create a functional greenspace resource. Peter Dawe, Community Greening Project, Royal Botanic Gardens 

Option C: Using Minecraft and An Engaging Context as a Way to Capture Students Interest, Incorporate STEM Skills and Assess Learning. Susanne Williams and Anna Schultz, Lindfield Prep, Newington College 

4.00pm - Keynote Plenary: ACARA Digital Technologies Focus: A quick demonstration of work done in schools as part of the ACARA Digital Technologies in focus project where Science, Maths and Technologies collide and make sense! Martin Levins, University of New England (30mins) 

4.35pm - Afternoon canapes & networking in the Calyx Meadow (additional cost) 


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