May 22, 2018
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Regional STEM Education Conference 2018

 

The fourth annual Regional STEM Conference will be held in Wodonga on Monday June 25.

Early bird registrations now open

Register by the end of May to secure the early bird registration price of $50 inc GST

Presenters include:

  • Maria James, Curriculum Manager – Science, VCAA
  • Michelle Rayner, The Patch Primary School
  • Jackie Bondell, OzGrav
  • Jenny Ashby, Department of Education
  • Pauline Rogers, Essential Assessment
  • Dr Seamus Delaney, School of Education, Deakin University

Primary focused sessions include:

  • Rocketing into numbers and words
  • Level up story telling across the curriculum
  • Essential Assessment masterclass
  • STEM in the outdoors
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Approaches to Integrated STEM – Mission to Mars
  • STEM learning through robotics and CAD

Secondary focused sessions include:

  • Introduction to the Wolfram Suite for STEM
  • Implementing the revised VCAL Numeracy curriculum
  • Taking it to the field – collecting primary GIS data in a digital age
  • The language of science: do you have the energy?
  • Developing scientific literacy – turning science articles into assessment tasks
  • The logbook & scientific poster in VCE sciences
  • Immersive science: using virtual reality and interactive apps to introduce space science

A more detailed preview is on the website with the full program to follow.

There are still some spaces in the program for sessions. If you would like to offer a session, or know someone else that might, please get in touch by reply email as soon as possible.

Other upcoming events

  • North East Region Design & Technologies Group Meet Up, May 31, 4pm
  • GIS for Schools, June 13, 2018 8:30am

More information is available via our website.

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May 3, 2018
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Personal Local Global Conference

Creative Problem Solving Conference

Friday 18th May, Harvester Technical College Sunshine

Great sessions for primary and secondary teachers with a focus on applied STEM learning, design thinking and practical upskilling in new technologies, including

  • Creative Digital Solutions ro Real World Engineering Problems
  • Solving Personal, Local & Global Problems in VCE PD&T
  • Teaching Coding, Electronics & Wearable Technologies
  • Unpicking Initiative – STEM in Textiles
  • Developing Practical D&T Sessions for Primary
  • The Benefits of Lasers in Education
  • Balloon Jousting – Rapid Prototyping Robots in the Classroom
  • Introduction to 3D Printing & Tinkercad
  • Leading STEM
  • Eco-printing our way to a More Sustainable Future

Find out more

 

 

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April 10, 2018
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Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School 7-14 July

The Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School is on again for 2018!

Following the successful 2016 and 2017 programs, four Victorian universities are again collaborating to bring you the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School (VIEWS).

VIEWS is a week-long program offered by The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University and Monash University where students experience first-hand the work of engineers, meet Indigenous engineering professionals, discover pathways into engineering and explore four university campuses.

This is an exciting initiative that will change your students perspective on engineering and open up a world of possibilities.

Applications for this program are now open and close on Friday May 25th at 5pm.

Places in this program are strictly limited, so get in early as this is an opportunity not to be missed!

For more information on the program and a registration form for your students please visit: http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/engage/indigenous/views

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November 29, 2017
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A delightful way to teach coding

Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.

Linda will be in Melbourne for a free workshop on December 8. She will explore the links between creativity and coding, and show how her fabulous Hello Ruby books can be used in the classroom. There may even be a chance to get your books signed!
Book now for this free event, co hosted by DLTV and the UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. https://dltv.vic.edu.au/event-2720418

 

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October 24, 2017
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CSER DigiTech Sessions

Teachers have the opportunity to work with Dr Claudia Szabo a member of the CSER Digital Technologies Team on Monday 20 November at Kensington.

This session will provide an introduction to the Year 7&8 Next Steps Making Apps and the Years 9&10 Explore online courses.   These courses are part of the free CSER professional development Project.
The session offers an opportunity to explore, with guidance, Arduino programming and App development as it is introduced in the MOOC. (Massive Open Online Course) and is suitable for Secondary teachers who are responsible for, or interested in implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum.
Notes:
  • Morning tea and Lunch provided (please specify requirements on the registration form)
  • Please bring along a laptop and sense of adventure!
  • It is very helpful to have a Google Account (Gmail) and to have joined Google+ prior to the session
Claudia Szabo is an Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion) in the Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences in The University of Adelaide and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science. She works in the CSER Group at the University of Adelaide where she leads the development of the Year 7&8 Next Steps Making Apps MOOC and its associated lending library and other resources. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, and a PhD in distributed systems from the National University of Singapore. She is the 2017 recipient of the South Australian Science Excellence Award – STEM Educator of the Year. She is passionate about STEM education and in particular about ensuring that these educational opportunities are available to all and that career pathways into STEM and accessible to under-represented groups.

For more information please visit our website : https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/

 

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October 19, 2017
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DigiTech and STEM sessions

The VCAA are offering heaps of DigiTech and STEM sessions for free! If you cant get to a face-to-face one, tune into the online ones which run for a hour, generally after school.

Topics include:

  • Digital Systems Curriculum Unplugged (F-6)
  • Visual Programming Languages in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-6)
  • Digital devices in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (plugged) (F-6)
  • Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
  • Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
  • Teaching to the Data and Information strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Creating Digital Solutions strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Digital Systems strand (F-10)
  • Digital Technologies: Evaluation of 2017 and planning for 2018 (F-10)
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Simple circuits in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Drones in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • What do marble runs and mini golf have to do with STEM in the primary years?
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (Level 7 – 10)

Find out more and register at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

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June 23, 2017
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Professional Learning with Conrad Wolfram

What skills do young people need in the era of computers and automation?

Conrad Wolfram physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of the Wolfram Group of companies. The Conrad WolframWolfram Group is driving innovation across data science, modelling and maths through technology and solutions. This includes the highly regarded Wolfram Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha Pro,  SystemModeler and Wolfram Programming Lab – available to all Victorian Secondary Schools.

Conrad is also widely known for his thought leadership in reforming education using modern technology. He founded computerbasedmath.org to fundamentally rethink and rebuild the mainstream maths education curriculum, introduce computational thinking and combine with coding how computers can be assumed. The resulting major change is now a worldwide force in re-engineering STEM.

Conrad Wolfram is visiting as a guest of the Department of Education and Training through Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.

Conrad Wolfram Virtual Classroom Session
This is a unique opportunity for your teachers and students to hear directly from Conrad online.
9:00am – 10:00am Friday 21 July
Link:  https://connect.vic.edu.au/wolfram/ to connect on the day, or register your interest to receive a reminder email.

Horizon: Maths Matters – Advancing Maths Education for the Future
Join Conrad Wolfram for a panel discussion on how we can ensure mathematics education is relevant and meaningful. Polycom option available.
Horizon_ConradWolfram – more information
Wednesday 19 July, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Disrupting Maths in our Schools
Conrad will challenge thinking about how we deliver mathematics in Victoria’s schools with the aim of disrupting preconceived notions of maths content and delivery.
19 July – Secondary
20 July – Primary

 

More Wolfram Mathematica Professional Learning

Wolfram Mathematica for statistics and data analysis

Learn how Wolfram Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha Pro can support the teaching of statistics and data analysis in this one day session with Craig Bauling from Wolfram Research. This workshop is suitable for Victorian Secondary Teachers who have a basic understanding of Mathematica.

When: Monday 24 July, 9:30 – 3:30
Location: John Monash Science School
Register Now

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February 1, 2017
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Wolfram Professional Learning

We have a sessions to suit everyone:
1. Face-to-face sessions with Craig Bauling in March
2. Virtual Programme with John Monash Science School starting next week.

Face-to-face Wolfram Hands-On Start Mentor Training

Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early.

This hands-on course will provide teachers who are new to the Wolfram Language the basics for using the Wolfram tool suite within their classrooms. At the completion of this seminar attendees will be recognised as skilled Wolfram technology users. This training is suitable for teachers in all STEM areas.

  • Wednesday 1 March – John Monash Science School, Clayton
  • Thursday 2 March – Kensington Town Hall
  • Friday 3 March –  La Trobe University, Bendigo

Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training Program

Series 1 – Mathematica Skills PD These sessions will give participants the skills required to tackle all required Mathematics for VCE Mathematical Methods Units 1-4. You will be shown how to use the software to answer exam-style questions, how to introduce Mathematica to beginning students, and how to create worksheets in Mathematica for your students to use.
Free for Victorian Government teachers and $280 for Non-Governmnet teachers.
This course will be repeated in Term 2.

Term 1 – Tuesdays & Thursdays over 4 weeks Start Time – 3:40pm – 4:40pm Mode – Online

Term 2 – Every Thursday over 7 weeks Repeat session in Term 2 beginning on Thursday 20th April (Technical Orientation) with the first PD Session on Basics commencing on Thursday 27th of April, concluding on Thursday 1st of June. These will be 1 hour sessions each week commencing at 3:40pm.

 

Series 2 – Wolfram Mathematica PD Pedagogy

This set of four lessons are designed to demonstrate how CAS (Mathematica) can be used to introduce and explore complex mathematical ideas. Activities will be designed in such a way that will encourage student-centred learning. Sample activities and corresponding Mathematica files will be demonstrated. Participants will write and share their own resources as part the course.

Term 2 – Every second Tuesday over 7 weeks Start Time – 3:40pm – 4:40pm

Mode – Online

 

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November 11, 2016
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Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

This is a great blog post from Dr Stephen Wolfram about his experience working with film makers on the set of the movie Arrival.  The script involves communicating with aliens in binary, analysing alien handwriting and using physics formulas to understand an interstellar spacecraft.

The interesting aspect of the article is how they worked through the issues as they would in real life using current tools such as Mathematica. A great resource for Digital Technologies.

 

GeoGraphics[{Thickness[0.001], {Red, GeoPath /@ (List @@@ EdgeList[NearestNeighborGraph[landingSites, 3]])}, Table[GeoDisk[#, Quantity[n, "Miles"]] & /@ landingSites, {n, 0, 1000, 250}], Red, GeoStyling[Opacity[1]], GeoDisk[#, Quantity[50, "Miles"]] & /@ landingSites}, GeoRange -> "World", GeoProjection -> "WagnerII", GeoZoomLevel -> 3]Establishing Communication

Read the full blog post here.

To find out more about Mathematica see http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/pubs/wolfram/home

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November 4, 2016
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Wolfram Professional Learning

Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early. mathematica-11-spikey

 Wolfram Hands-On Training

This is an exciting opportunity to learn directly from Wolfram staff and ask questions about using Wolfram tools with students to support computation and coding instruction in the classroom.

  • 22 November – Geelong Grammar, 10am-4pm
  • 24 November – Nagle College Bairnsdale, 10am-4pm
  • Further sessions will be offered in March 2017 – details TBA

Register at: http://www.wolfram.com/training/special-event/hands-on-start-to-mathematica-victoria-mentors/

SystemModeler

Jan Brugard from Wolfram Research will be hosting this session with an aim to create Victorian mentors.

  • 28 November – Kensington Town Hall

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wolfram-systemmodeler-tickets-28776521350

Download the wolfram-professional-learning-nov16 flyer to find out more

Download the Wolfram Software

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