April 4 (Bendigo) – Tours of the Bendigo Tech School. Check out Bendigo’s newest STEAM facility, before I do a full write up on it here.
April – July Search for the next Tech Girl Superhero (National). Part of the Tech Girl Movement, in the competition "girls from 7–17 years in Australia and New Zealand form a team and enter the competition. They are then matched with a female tech mentor who meets weekly with them for 12 weeks. Teams identify a problem in their local community to solve, then research and document a solution in a business plan, build a working app prototype and pitch it in a public video.” Entries for mentors and students close in April, so check it out now.
April 26 Free Minecraft PL (Perth) – load your machine up with Minecraft and book in to find out how to use Minecraft in schools for Science, Maths, Technologies and even English and Humanities
June EduTECH Conference (Sydney) June 5–7. An absolutely HUGE conference and expo
July DigiCon (Melbourne) July 25–26. The Digital Learning and Teaching Association’s annual conference is always a fun couple of days. Registration is now open
Conasta 68 (Darwin) 7–10 July. National Science Teachers conference (Darwin)
News ACCE 2020
The Australian Council for Computers in Education conference will be hosted by DLTV in 2020. This is one of the biggest events in Digital Technology education and it will be held in Melbourne in April next year.
STEM vs STEAM
An infotainment article from Ford and news.com.au explores the reasons why the A in STEAM is important, and what it means for the future of our students in the work force.
Bendigo Tech School is open
We talked about this last year when I interviewed teachers in Bendigo (my sister and brother-in-law) about advancements in STEAM. But the Bendigo Tech School – hosted at La Trobe University – is open for business and is a must-visit for any teacher looking at how STEAM can be implemented in schools. It is also open for school visits. I will do a proper write up on this, hopefully for the next issue.
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