Keynote and Workshop Presenters


Associate Professor Kurt SeemannKurt Seemann


Department of Architectural and Industrial Design | School of Design

Keynote Address – Design Led Innovation:
Developing Spatial Inferential Reasoning, Abstraction and Technological Comprehension Capabilities:

Science, Digital Technologies, Engineering Technologies, and Maths (STEM) together form the ‘it’ ‘aggregate’ theme in the present agenda of State education systems. Everyone from politicians, State authorities, and teachers are talking STEM. Yet, there is no subject a student goes to is called the “STEM class”. You won’t find a STEM subject examination scheduled in any Year 12 Australian State curriculum authority. Intriguingly, many classroom teachers (F-12) are finding career advancement opportunities by advocating the STEM meme. This keynote examines what the S.T.E.M. aggregate requires to bring to life the silos of S.T.E and M: to convert the ‘aggregate’ into a coherent ‘applied synthesis’ in pedagogical terms. Design Led Innovation pedagogy is proposed to be the only teaching strategy that truly differentiates the Design and Technologies subject from all other parts of the curriculum. In particular, this keynote will highlight the role Design Led Innovation plays in developing a student’s Spatial Inferential Reasoning, Abstraction and Technological Comprehension Capabilities.

Intensive Workshop Presenters;


Topic Presenter Brief

Drones 101

(11:00am to 4:00pm)

Mark Will

From using drones as a STEM stimulus and project-based-learning (PBL) to CASA rules, registration and the ARN – this Drones in Schools workshop will empower 21st century educators with the ways and means to bring blue-sky learning opportunities to their schools via RPAS technology.


(11:00am – 4:00pm)

Ruth Thompson

An introduction to adding LEDs and circuitry to textiles (and other material) projects. If you can sew, you can do eTextiles and ‘STEMify’ your projects easily.


Food Technology and Hospitality

(11:00am – 4:00pm)

Janette Kline

Janette will share high quality culinary experiences to engage with students to develop their understanding of a contemporary kitchen.

Session 1 – Preparation of a glazed Entremet.

Session 2. Preparation of Choux pastry products, eclairs, choux buns with croustillant  and  pastry cream.

Fusion 360 Hands-on Introduction

(11:00pm – 4:00pm)

Peter Thompson

During this class you will be taken through 2 projects to learn fundamental skills in Fusion 360, ‘the future of CAD’. This will include creation of solids, appearances, rendering, assembly

STEM (1) – Questacon

(11:00am – 1:00pm)

Sarah Clark

In this workshop, Questacon facilitators will share techniques to help find student motivations. Participants will take part and identify their own interests, select a challenge and prototype a solution. This workshop will take participants though the process of STEM thinking and problem solving. The Questacon Invention Convention is just one part of the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative. The initiative covers a suite of programs that engage teachers and students around Australia in innovation, science, technology, engineering and design thinking through exciting hand-on challenges, projects and workshops.

STEM (2) in Action

(2:00pm to 4:00pm)

Perry O’Connor

St Mary Mackillop College teachers will lead a workshop to develop coding skills and share ideas for designing solutions for real world projects. Drawing upon the Digital Technologies Curriculum, STEM integrated pedagogies and Solution Fluencies, the teachers from SMMC will demonstrate an example of project-based-learning concepts that can be utilised immediately within the classroom. Each participant will receive a sample project with instructions.


VEX Robotics

Juliette Major

VEX Robotics embraces the model of explorative STEM learning. VEX is providing tools which are easy for beginners to master, but will expand with the imagination and experience of their users.


Working with Metal

Tharwa Valley Forge

(11:00am – 4:00pm)

Karim Haddad

Teachers will have a greater understanding of metal properties and characteristics to develop metal hand tools. Using heat treatment of recycled carbon steel teachers will develop simple hand tools such as chisels, carving tools, scrapers. A hands-on workshop that should motivate all technology teachers.

Teachers will learn about heat treatment of metals and specific requirements to make edges and durable points.