STEM HUB Science Fair Working Group Meeting 14


Wednesday 28th November 2018 Opened 5pm TAFE S Block


  • Anja van Hooydonk – Teacher of Mathematics & Science St Mary’s Catholic College; Mathematics B Panel Chair Cairns; QAMT President Cairns
  • Tiffany Turnour – Laboratory Technician St Mary’s Catholic College
  • Kurt Schoenhoff – Treasurer of The Makers; Business Innovation Development Consultant for TAFE
  • Matthew Ritchie – President of The Makers; Business Innovation Development Consultant for TAFE
  • Celia Berrell – Science Rhymes; Admin Cairns Neurophysiology

Professional Development

She Flies: Tiffany provided the quote for 30 participants for 2.5hrs on Thursday 28th February 4.30- 7pm at St Mary’s Catholic College of $2,255.00. Teachers are to be offered this opportunity first (plus representatives from our group).

It was agreed there would not be a problem in finding sufficient participants. Kurt & Matt would be group representatives, and we already have 6 participants from St Mary’s Catholica College – including Tiffany & Anja.

She Flies did not provide a lesson plan, but drone use is only a small component of their course which is mainly about coding and mapping.

She Flies offers an extended online component with personal support for $150 per person, which they agreed to offer for a reduced rate of $99 pp.

We will need to reconvene after 28/2 to assess feedback from the attendants at the 2.5hr presentation and establish whether this additional cost can be covered and justified. We would also require Pizza & tea/coffee to be provided for 28/2. Approval is given to go ahead with this.

Action: Tiffany to create a letterhead & brochure about this event that includes the branding as per our STEM Fair poster and Inspire logo and email with an attached copy of the She Flies flyer to go out to relevant schools before end of term.

The Makers: Kurt provided a verbal quote for a 2-3 hour session for 30 participants using things like GitHub showing how to modify existing code. The presentation would have 2 facilitators and cost $2,800.00. Ideally this will be set up for Thursday 21st March in Week 8 of Term 1 (Week 9 is end of term). Approval is given to go ahead with this.

Action: Tiffany to provide Kurt with an example of a lesson plan, so he can expand PD criteria in a similar format for promotion.
Action: Kurt to check his availability for Thursday 21st March 2019


Kurt proposed that we consider subscribing to Meetup to host and promote events. It costs about $20 per month.

Matt explained this would help us to expand our networking from conducting small STEM Pub Talks, meet and greets to glean feedback on how to progress etc. to tagging onto and promoting affiliated events such as environmental awareness.

We might consider holding talks in the Cairns Library; invite other organisations to support and fundraise through sausage sizzles, etc.

Approval is given for Kurt to go ahead with opening a Meetup account.

Action: Kurt to sign up Cairns Regional STEM for a Meetup account. Cairns Regional STEM funding obligations

Matt will submit a report to Inspiring Australia in due course.

Website development

There have been no further developments since our last meeting as Jason has been unable to dedicate time to this. We have approximately $3500 available to develop the website ( Confirmation has been received for using the flyer design on the website. As per Kurt’s previous directives, we are now ready to implement the static component of the website. At a later stage, we will then develop Stage 2 of the website to incorporate a sign-up facility and events page

Action: Kurt & Matt to engage appropriate personnel/distribute website tasks to build website. STEM Fair 2019

Tiffany called for responses from industry and organisation participants (and future potential participants) after STEM Fair 2018. CSIRO advised they cannot confirm but will be happy to participate again if their funding permits. Stephen Ung confirmed continued support and Kate from JCU (ECG) also confirmed participation. It was agreed to repeat the STEM Fair format at St Mary’s Catholic College at the earlier date of Friday 16th August (within National Science Week and just before renovations to the HOB commence).

Action: Anja will distribute this date through her school networks for inclusion in 2019 school diary before the end of this term.
Action: Matt will post this date on Inspiring Australia website
Action: Tiffany will tell our Regional STEM Champion Lorena


It was agreed by all present that the Cairns Regional STEM Committee will be made up of (but not be limited to) those who have regularly offered their advice and expertise for this project so far. As of today, this includes: Anja van Hooydonk; Matthew Ritchie; Kurt Shoenhoff (also Treasurer); Tiffany Turnour & Celia Berrell (note-taker). No formal titles have been allocated to any Committee Members and we expect to expand the committee in due course.

Re-engaging Industry via “Meet & Greet” invitation

This item was not progressed since our last meeting. We need to establish how our STEM Hub can support Industry participants. What’s in it for them? We therefore propose a “Meet & Greet” event in February on a Friday pm. Possibly having guest speakers. Its aim is to gain better focus on objectives and networking.

Action: Kurt to contact/price/book Rattle & Hum for meeting room & Pizza for 1st/2nd week in February
Action: Ask Jason if he would conduct a short 5-7 min talk on STEM-relevant aspects of his work Action: Tiffany to ask She Flies if they can give a short talk about the PD they will do at the end of February (we anticipate this will be fully booked but it is still good to promote).
Action: Think of a catchy title for this event so it doesn’t just say “STEM Meet & Greet” please.

Wrap-up STEM HUB Meeting for 2018

Wednesday 12th December 5pm at Rattle & Hum, 67 Esplanade, Cairns.
FREE DRINKS AND PIZZA will be provided

Action: Kurt as Treasurer to arrange – thanks

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