Dr Rebecca Vivian recently presented two workshops on Digital Technologies education and the CSER Teacher MOOCs at the 2016 Limestone Coast STEM Education Summit on the 27th of May.
The Limestone Coast STEM initiative, sponsored by industry and supported by the Department of Education and Training, brings together science and research agencies, education providers, industry and business and community organisations at a regional level and provides a platform for a coordinated approach to advance student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to building community awareness of STEM skills.
On the Friday, over 750 teachers and leadership from the Limestone Coast region (and beyond!) came together to learn about how they can engage K-12 students in STEM education. The morning started with Keynotes from Professor Martin Westwell and Ruben Meerman, and an address from Assistant Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Simon Birmingham and Tony Harrison, Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Education and Child Development.
For the rest of the day teachers participated in STEM workshops, from leading industry, researchers, practitioners and associations from across Australia, with Rebecca presenting two workshops at Mt Gambier High School and Grant High: one on F-6 Digital Technologies Education and the other on 7-8 Digital Technologies.
Over the weekend, the event was open to the community. Over 2700 community members attended events at the Library and Main Corner Complex, where a number of groups, organisations, educators and industry showcased STEM education to the public, where families could come and engage in interactive sessions, displays and demonstrations.