National praise for STEM efforts
When you know you’re onto something good that you do for the love, to see the minister recognise it as courageous and innovative is pretty cool.
- MAREE TIMMS
A CONVERSATION between Galen Catholic College teachers Maree Timms and Bernadette Albertson sparked an initiative that has been praised by Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis.
The Digital Technologies Advisory Committee (DTAC), created by science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers and facilitators, was shortlisted at the TechDiversity Awards last month.
Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis, gave the group the High Commendation Award for their innovation, courage and collaboration in helping increase awareness and interest in STEM.
DTAC was established to foster an understanding of STEM studies and ignite passion for the subjects among students in local primary and secondary schools.
Initiatives organised by the group grew from the STEM Careers Expo to various workshops and holiday learning events to help students develop their love for learning.
Ms Timms said although DTAC and the Galen VEX Robotics Team were the only school-based initiatives involved in the awards, she hoped this would encourage other primary and secondary schools to explore ways to teach STEM.
“The TechDiversity Awards is really a corporate event - we were the outliers but hopefully we could possibly pave the way for others in this area,” she said.
“When you know you’re onto something good that you do for the love, to see the minister recognise it as courageous and innovative is pretty cool.”
Charles Sturt University Wangaratta community outreach coordinator and DTAC member, Anne Geddis, said the committee was already beginning to organise the calendar of programs for next year.
“We believe in what we’re doing and to have Mr Dalidakis say he likes our direction and our courage was incredible,” she said.
“DTAC started from the one event and that developed into a full year’s program pretty well - some things we have done in the past need to be changed but it’s part of the constant evolution you see with technology.
“We’re doing programs for primary school students now, because that’s where the children can switch on or off and the passion starts there.”
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Digital Technologies Advisory Committee members (from left) Bernadette Albertson, Anne Geddis and Maree Timms were excited to receive recognition for their work igniting love for science, technology, engineering and maths studies.