Kylie Organ & Heather Laverick
Lismore South Public School and the Rivers Academy of STEM Excellence
Workshop: Design thinking – through the lens of our students
(Workshop videos launching Monday 19 April 2021)
This workshop aims to explore the iSTEM Design Thinking process and the ways that can provide students with opportunities to develop innovative solutions to real world problems. We will examine how each step of the process can be used to teach students the fundamental principles of STEM. Throughout the workshop we will walk through how our units are designed and implemented across the school and show how it can be used in a variety of student-led projects.
Kylie has been an Assistant Principal at Lismore South Public School for the past 5 years. She is passionate about education and believes that student engagement through STEM is the way to make real world changes for students. Kylie has been engaged with professional learning and the practical application of Project Based Learning in the classroom for the past 4 years. As the school coordinator, she has been working with staff to develop and implement Project Based Learning within the Year 3-6 classrooms for the past 3 years.
Heather is the Primary Curriculum STEM Advisor for NSW Department of Education. Prior to this role, she was the STEM Project Officer for the Rivers Academy of STEM Excellence, a STEM Industry School Partnerships Academy based in Northern NSW. It is through this project that she worked with Kylie Organ on the implementation and delivery of high-quality professional learning to support teachers to meaningfully embed STEM across all subject areas. Heather has a passion for innovative teaching and learning and a particular interest in engaging students through inquiry and project-based learning. She has extensive experience as a teacher, small schools principal and academic and is currently developing and co-leading integrated projects to deliver innovative STEM curriculum programs across NSW.