March 22, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Breaking Barriers Webinar: Encouraging Young Women into STEM Careers

The Australian National Committee for UN Women and Avanade have partnered to create the Breaking Barriers Webinar, which aims to encourage young women, in late high school or university, to pursue careers in STEM fields.STEM

The Breaking Barriers Webinar will provide information on STEM pathways, share evidence about women’s representation in non-traditional careers, and explain how exclusion from diverse career opportunities can contribute to the pay gap experienced by many working women.

There are many exciting ways in which schools can get involved, including:

    • encouraging female students to register for the webinar
    • notifying parents about the webinar (note: the webinar is scheduled for Term break)


The Breaking Barriers Webinar will be held 10:00-11:30am, Tuesday 5 April 2016.



To learn more and to register, visit



March 21, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Don’t miss ‘Little Lunch’ Cast Q & A, this Wednesday 23rd March

Don’t miss this FREE webinar opportunity

This Wednesday, 23rd March from 12.00pm – 1.00pm (AEDT)

Register NOW!!!

littlelunchtrailerLittle Lunch is a comedy series where every episode takes place during that highly anticipated school day break – morning snack time! It is centred around that 15 minutes when teachers are not close by, it’s just you and your friends, and school yard politics, rumours, competitions, mysteries, and fun. It’s all too short, but tomorrow there is always another ‘Little Lunch’ and another story to be re-told.

This Wednesday, 23rd March, students from primary schools across Australia will have a unique opportunity to be part of a live Q&A webinar with cast members of the popular ABC3 TV series, Little Lunch.

Primary students will be able to ask questions to the cast members and hear about the behind the scenes stories. This event is open to Years 3-6 primary class groups from throughout Australia.

Places will be limited in the webinar, so check the details below to register. The webinar is presented by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Little Lunch Cast Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, 23rd March

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (AEDT)

Year Levels: Years 3-6

Cost: Free

Registration Link:

Further Details:



Tap into more great Little Lunch resources

Australian Children’s Television Foundation have now released a number of resources to support the use of Little Lunch as a teaching resource.


March 17, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Don’t miss our Mini Maker Faire – Friday 18th March and Saturday 19th March!

Melbourne Mini Maker Faire: 2 days of Making, creating, inventing and fun @KIOSC, 369 Stud Rd Wantirna

  • Friday 18th March 2016 10.00am -2.00pm : Mini Maker Education Day.
    Register NOW!
  • Saturday 19th March 10.00am – 4.30pm: Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @KIOSC (Community Event). Register NOW

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The Mini Maker Education Day @KIOSC  is an exciting day for students, and provides an opportunity to explore a number of ‘Making’ activities in workshops run by fellow students, teachers and community members. Students will have the opportunity to show what they have made, share what they have learned and learn new skills.

Register for the Mini Maker Education Day @ KIOSC now!

Education Day Student Led Workshops to look out for…

Brauer13D Moat Boat Paddle Battle with Brauer College students: Brauer College students have been holding a Moat Boat
Paddle Battle at their school. They have created ‘Moat Boats’ and printed them using a 3D printer. Moat Boats are powered only by rubber bands. Students have created racing channels and are bringing a selection of student made Moat Boats with them to the Melbourne Maker Faire. Let the challenge begin!

Create a piece of origami art with the students from Ringwood Secondary College



dRONESDrones and ‘Bots- Woolsthorpe Primary School Students will share their current learnings around ‘coding and design’. Workshop participants will learn how to think critically and creatively by programming mini flying drones and dash and dot bots.


Join Woodford Primary School students as they explore the fun of using Makey Makey with everyday household objects that will take control of your computer to do cool things like play games and make music .


Education Day Expert Workshops to look out for…

HEPPELHear Internationally renowned Educator Stephen Heppell  make the case for Making in Schools and Communities. In his second presentation Stephen will explore what is needed to set up a Maker Space.

TinkerPlay3D Printing Workshop using Tinker Play and Tinker Cad. Make your own robot action figure or anything you can imagine with TinkerCAD Learn about 3d modeling and design basics in TinkerCad, make your own Key ring and get it printed it out


scienceworksPop-up Museum presented by Museum Victoria & Scienceworks. Join Scienceworks educators to create an invention that meets a simple design brief. You could build the world’s coolest roller coaster, or design a fantastic flying machine and test it out in our wind tunnels. Bring out your inner engineer in preparation for Test Lab, an exciting pop-up maker space coming to Scienceworks June 2016.

Cardboard Construction with Makedo. Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Build imaginative and useful creations from upcycled (repurposed) everyday makedocardboard. Makedo was invented and designed by Paul Justin (PJ), an industrial designer based in Melbourne, Australia. It is the tale of a designer working from home and being endlessly interrupted by a four year old requesting ‘props’ for his imaginative play. A shield here, a helmet there, possibly a turreted castle… with working drawbridge. Then the following day it would be a space suit, laser cannon, rocket and geodesic space station. How was PJ to get anything done when he was so busy designing and making and playing with his kids? Lightbulb moment and Makedo was born.



The Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @KIOSC: This event is open to the community. The Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made, to share what they have learned and learn new skills. Students will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Maker Faire.

The Mini Maker Faire is of interest to primary, secondary and tertiary education students and teachers as well as a wide range of employers, manufacturers and community members. It promotes the importance of active hands-on learning across all ages.

Making is a global movement for all ages and backgrounds and skill levels that supports STEM and engages participants in complex problem solving, tinkering and inventing using new and old technologies.

The Maker events will be held at KIOSC is a purpose-built high‑tech education and vocational training facility in Wantirna.

Register for the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @ KIOSC now!

For more information, please visit

March 17, 2016
by Jillian Brown

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is being held on Friday, 18 March 2016.

DET and the eSafety Commission are holding a webinar supporting respectful and safe communicating online tomorrow at 10:00am See Details 

Any schools experiencing difficulties registering please contact to receive a link to the event.

This annual day is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools, and encourages all students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond.

Use the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence to share your school’s anti-bullying policies, strategies and programs with your school community.

Help deliver a powerful message that bullying and violence is never okay.

Complete your school’s online registration form and start planning for the day. Full details

March 17, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Capturing the Cosmos – FREE webinar, next Monday 21st March

Capturing the Cosmos is a new planetarium show produced by CAASTRO. It explores the exciting work of Australian astronomers and astrophysicists. To celebrate the release of Capturing the Cosmos a free webinar is being offered, where students will have the unique opportunity to ask questions directly to astronomers and astrophysicists about their fascinating work and curly questions about the Big Bang, dark matter, expansion of the universe and anything else to do with space.

Event Details:

Date: Monday 21st March, 2016

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

Where: Online (delivered via YouTube on Air)

Year levels: 9-11

Cost: free

Bookings:  email with student numbers and year levels


Image: A Grazing Encounter Between Two Spiral Galaxies, NASA, Taken on November 4, 1999 ,




March 15, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Don’t miss: Webinar for National Day of Action Against Bullying – Friday 18th March

We have organised another Webinar with the eSafety Commission on the 18th March 2016 for The  National Day of Action Against Bullying

The session will run from 10.00am – 10.40am. Please note, the room will open at 8:00am to allow teachers to set up and test equipment. The message you get back will describe the session as starting at 8:00 am.

The session is about Communicating Online.

The presentation will assist students to:

  • understand why online messages can be easily misunderstood
  • recognise that messages can be hurtful even when this may not be the intent
  • understand that non-verbal behaviours help us receive messages more than volume, pitch or words
  • consider when teasing crosses the line and becomes harmful and hurtful
  • identify appropriate responses to someone communicating inappropriately.

There will be a strong message of the role of a bystander across the session to support the ideas of The  National Day of Action Against Bullying

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students

Register your class here

For more information:


March 3, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Global Lyncs 2016!

Interested in building Global Citizenship Skills in an authentic way through telecommunications? The Global LYNCS Project is seeking new Victorian schools in 2016 to engage with partner schools in Korea.

The Global Lyncs (Linking Youth through NET Communications)  project explores the potential of free technologies supporting communications between schools in Victoria & Daegu, South Korea. It explores:  globallyncs2016Teachers working with teachers

  • Base language for the exchanges is English (but we hope you will learn some Korean too!)
  • Shared support with resources and technology
  • Bi-lingual project blogs & Newsletters (Korean & English)
  • Cross curricular content focus
  • Regular engaging telecommunications between classrooms
  • Building strong, sustainable partnerships.

Global LYNCs provides authentic learning opportunities for schools and promotes global citizenship through engaging students in multicultural curriculum based activities. Students are provided with opportunities to gain a sense of Australia’s and Korea’s role in the global community.

If your school is interested in more information or joining please contact Jo Tate

For more information, visit

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