2020 STEAM Education Summit

Applying STEAM as interdisciplinary learning in the classroom

19 - 20 Oct 2020Ellerslie Event Center, Auckland
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  • Conference
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  • 19 - 20 Oct 2020
  • Workshop(s)
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  • Super saver ends on 24 Aug
  • Last minute price from $999 + GST
  • 18 Oct 2020
  • Auckland
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separately bookable workshops
Workshop 1- Nuts and bolts of STEAM implementation
18 October 2020 |9:00am – 5:00pm

Most teachers agree that STEAM or cross curricular, project-based learning is the future of education. However, knowing that it’s the future doesn’t always translate to a successful STEAM implementation immediately. In order to give your students and your program the best shot at success, you must be aware of the external factors that are likely to detract from your programs and what you can do to mitigate these and ensure a successful program. You’ll also be given the tools to combat common challenges faced by STEAM teams. Highlights will include:

  • Understanding the reasoning behind the most common challenges within STEAM implementations
  • Contextualising the academic research behind STEAM and turning it into actionable information
  • The influence of technology on learning outside of the classroom and what this means for learning within the classroom
  • Where diversity comes into play and how to shift differing opinions into assets
  • The power of groups- why group work is a double-edged sword of collaboration and anonymity

Paul Lowe

Lead Facilitator



Core Education

Paul is an experienced facilitator who has worked with Team Solutions, University of Auckland, in the central North Island. He has implemented student centered team-based relevant real-world Inquiry/Problem- Based Learning (PBL) internationally and within New Zealand. He has successfully implemented major education reforms in Japan, Abu Dhabi and China. Paul is the recipient of a number of awards for excellence in teaching, including the Prime Minister’s Award and the Kudos Award.

Workshop 2- Developing successful and meaningful makerspace curriculums
21 October 2020 | 9:00am – 5:00pm

The key to develop successful STEAM makerspaces is to stimulate creativity and curiosity. In younger years, creativity and curiosity are stimulated through playing and play-based learning. Encouraging students to tinker, touch and take lead on their own miniature projects, leading to more engaged and interested students. This workshop looks to cover:

  • Making use of gamification of knowledge for enhanced student engagement and learning 
  • Stimulating creativity and curiosity through student agency and responsibility
  • Strategies to implement monitored self-driven learning among students
  • Understanding current trends among students and leverage that knowledge to create meaningful curriculum

Jaco van der Merwe



Jaco has an interest and passion around the Makers- & MakerSpaces-ecosystem, the potential and key role it has to play in the Future of Work, as Community-initiated & needs-driven P2P-distributed centres for life-long learning and innovation. In an exponentially-increasing automated workplace, I'm concerned about the impact on the future of Vocation - doing meaningful work & how that relates to a person's sense of self-worth & wellbeing.

Andrew Dixon



Cyber Security consultant by day, Makerspace Advocate 24/7. Director of Meshed.NZ, Founder TAP:lab, Founder and past Trustee of Gribblehirst Hub, Exec member of Combat Robotics NZ , Organiser of Robot Smackdown, Speaker at uLearn 2018/2019, Community lead of ShieldsUp.org.nz. Andrew believes that there's room for making in every subject, not necessarily a subject in itself. He also believes that with good planning adding Maker activities to lesson plans are a cost effective way to engage and help students to retain and therefore excel at school and indeed life.

  • Workshop(s)
  • Super saver price from $799 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 24 Aug
  • Last minute price from $999 + GST
  • 18 Oct 2020
    • Super saver price $799 + GST
    • Super saver ends on 31 Aug
    • Last minute price $1199 + GST
    • 19 - 20 Oct 2020
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