Meet Our Speakers


Jessica Staines

Director of Koori Curriculum, and Co-Founder of The Aboriginal Early Childhood Collective

Garry Purchase

Artist in Residence, Winner Tony Donovan Award at Reconciliation Exhibition Gosford Regional Art Gallery in 2014 and 2016.

Uncle Noel Butler

Budawang Elder from the Yuin Nation and owner of the well-known property, Jamanee Gunya.

Prof Chris Matthews

PhD applied mathematics, Senior curriculum officer for ACARA, Associate Dean (Indigenous leadership) Science Faculty UTS, Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA).

Courntey Glazebrook
Director Towri MACS
A Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Service in NSW

Corey Tutt
Founder Deadly Science,
NSW Young Australian of the Year 2020, the 2019 CSIRO Indigenous STEM champion and more.

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

Creative Director of Multiverse, and Co-Founder of The Aboriginal Early Childhood Collective

Jasmine Seymour

Author illustrator of 'Baby Business' and 'Cooee Mittigar' published 2019,  Primary School Teacher & Artist

Kirsty Piendl

Explore & Develop Annandale team member

Grant Cameron

IDX Manager - National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

April Cunningham

Community Activist / Entrepreneur

Kate Mitchell

Managing director of Australia's first carbon neutral accommodation provider, the Comfort Inn City Centre, 'STEAM Dreaming' Event Organiser

Jo Garland

Director of The Crescent in Annandale

Natalie Davey

Fitzroy Crossing WA

Cath Gillespie

Early Childhood Teacher and Education Leader - Evans Head Preschool

Kirby Barker

Early Childhood Educator and Cultural Advisor - Evans Head Preschool & Woodburn Preschools


About the Aboriginal S.T.E.M. Online Summit

 

Date: June 29th to July 3rd 2020.

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are ancient knowledge. Because we know that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the oldest living culture in the world, the sciences, technologies, engineering and maths knowledge and practices are the most developed and sophisticated on this planet. The Summit this year is festooned with an incredible line up of Aboriginal experts in STEM.

The presentations will include:

* Ancient Aboriginal technologies in current everyday practice
* Aboriginal knowledge as the way to combat climate change
* Aboriginal mapping of Country with children using robotics and drones
* Maths through kinship systems
* Small world approaches to big world stories
* Aboriginal astronomy
* Bush tucker
* Bush medicine
* Aboriginal early childhood practitioners’ panel
* Collective cultural yarning

 

All this and more!

 

We have aimed to make this Summit our most valuable online resource to date!



Meet Your Hosts



Jessica Staines and Dr Red Ruby Scarlet - Aboriginal STEM Online Summit.

 

The presentations will leave you with lots of ideas and practical ways to embed Aboriginal approaches to STEM in your service.

 

You’ll leave with a sense of empowerment to ensure that you are bringing Aboriginal knowledge and practices into every corner of your program.

Come join our beautiful growing community for an unforgettable professional learning experience.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does my ticket include?

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  • Individual tickets provided access to all Summit sessions for 1 user/viewing ONLY.
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  • Group tickets provide access to all Summit sessions for 5 or more viewers.
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  • Each view will be invited to join our Private Facebook Group and have access to all the Summit sessions until 5pm AEST 10th July 2020. At this time the sessions will be archived and the Facebook Group closed.

 

Does the Aboriginal STEM Summit have a physical event as well?

 

No, the Aboriginal STEM Summit is an entirely online + digital event.

 

Is the Aboriginal STEM Summit replacing the Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference?

 

Yes, for 2020 the Aboriginal STEM Summit will replace the Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference.

 

How do I access the Aboriginal STEM Summit sessions?

 

Access to all our Aboriginal STEM Summit sessions will be via a private Facebook Group. Once you purchase your ticket to the Summit you will receive an email which a link to our private group.

 

If you do not use Facebook, or would prefer to access the Summit sessions another way, please contact us on info@aborignalecc.com so we can arrange access via an alternate platform. Note, if you do not use Facebook you will not be able to participate in our LIVE watch parties and speaker Q&A sessions.

 

Will there be Q&A sessions with the speakers during the Summit?

 

Yes, speakers will be online at set times for Q&A during the Aboriginal STEM Summit.

 

In addition, Jessica Staines and Dr Red Ruby Live will be LIVE every evening during the official 5 day Summit period.

 

How many people can use a group ticket?

 

A group ticket is best for 5 or more educators to access the summit, but has no limit - you can have unlimited team members join!

 

How do I access the presentations?

 

All speaker sessions will be accessible via our Private Facebook Group here.

 

If you do not have a personal Facebook profile, please email us at info@aboriginalecc.com

 

Is the Summit NESA Accredited?

 

Yes. The Summit will include a survey to all participants which MUST be completed for us to record your attendance with NESA.

 

For all NESA accreditation, please wait until your survey link has been to supplied to provide us with your NESA number.

 

If you fail to complete our survey, no attendance will be recorded with NESA.

 

Are the Summit Sessions recorded?

 

Yes, all sessions will be recorded and available to watch until the 10th July 2020. After this time access to the recordings will be closed.

 


Aboriginal S.T.E.M. Summit Program

  • Day One - June 29th
  • Day Two - June 30th
  • Day Three - July 1st
  • Day Four - July 2nd
  • Day Five - July 3rd

Day One - June 29th 2020

Schedule

 

 

 

Session 1: Summit Open

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

 

 

Session 2: Acknowledgement of Country

Presenters: Elder Speaker - Uncle Noel Butler

Session 3: "The Buzz about Bee's"

Presenters: Kirsty Piendl

 

About Kirsty:

Kirsty Piendl has recently graduated as an Early Childhood Teacher, having worked in Early Childhood for 10 years. She has been a member of the Explore & Develop Annandale team for two years, this year working with two-year-old children.

 

Kirsty believes in empowering children and you will regularly see her, and a child using a tool to make or fix something or investigating how to build something. She is a social justice warrior and an advocate for children using their voice to make change in their world.

 

 

 

Session 4: "Working with the seasons in Fitzroy Crossing, WA"

Presenters: Natalie Davey

 

Session 5: "Caring for country and agricultural practices"

Presenters: Uncle Noel & Aunty Trish - Q&A Session hosted by Jessica Staines

 

About Uncle Noel and Aunty Trish:

Uncle Noel Butler, is a Budawang Elder from the Yuin Nation. A qualified teacher, educator, mentor, horticulturist, chef and historian, Uncle Noel has together with his wife have been teaching, delivering programs and working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adults and children for over 35 years.

 

Gentle and caring souls, Uncle Noel and Trish have dedicated their lives to helping others through teaching and mentoring. They have opened their doors countless times over the years to people of all situations and needs. If their place of peace can help educate, reconnect or recenter your purpose then they will, and have, opened their arms selflessly.

 

This session will cover Firestick Farming, Bush Tucker, Bush Regeneration and Caring for Country.

 

 

 

Session 6: LIVE Q&A

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

Special Guests: Natalie Davey & Kirsty Piendl

Day Two - June 30th 2020

Schedule

 

 

 

Session 1: Day Two Open

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

 

 

Session 2: Acknowledgement of Country

Presenters: Elder Speaker - Uncle Noel Butler

Session 3: "Sky Stories"

Presenters: Garry Purchase

 

About Garry:

Garry is a proud Aboriginal man of Dharawal descent. He grew up in Sydney's Eastern suburbs in Botany and was raised amongst the Aboriginal community of La Perouse.Garry is a member of the Timbery family of which there are many respected members.

 

Garry has always had a creative passion and was a musician for many years playing drums in a few Sydney rock bands. Artistically, he first started painting after he moved to the Central Coast with his wife and 3 sons in 2013.

His style is a more modern take on traditional Aboriginal art, steering away from the common dreamtime stories and focusing on his own personal journey, experiences and social issues that pushes a lot of creative boundaries as he stretches the limits of what Aboriginal art can be.

 

Garry has a passion for education and together with his team travel around the country offering art, culture and dance workshops in schools and early childhood centres. Garry is a proud artist in residence and speaker at the annual Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference.

He has a very loyal fan base and has thousands of followers on social media and his works have attracted a lot of attention and have also earned him many awards. He took out the major first prize Tony Donovan Award at Reconciliation Exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery in both 2014 and 2016.

 

 

Session 4: "Baby Business"

Presenters: Jasmine Seymour

 

About Jasmine:

Jasmine Seymour is a Darug woman belonging to the Boorooberongal clan of the Hawkesbury area of New South Wales. Jasmine is a descendant of the Aboriginal community who were devastated by colonists soon after the 1788 invasion. She is fifth generation great-granddaughter of Maria Lock, daughter of Boorooberongal chief, Yellamundi. Her family has lived on Darug Country since before colonisation. Jasmine Seymour is a primary school teacher and artist. She is the mother of two boys, a member of the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation and Secretary of the Da Murrytoola (the local branch of the Aboriginal Education Consultation Group). Jasmine Seymour is involved with the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation and historian Grace Karskens, in a research project, with the State Library of NSW, that is mapping and identifying the Darug names for places along the Dyrubbin River. Jasmine is also the author illustrator of Baby Business and Cooee Mittigar, published in 2019 by Magabala Books.

 

Session 5: "Aboriginal approaches to mapping country using robotics"

Presenters: Grant Cameron

 

About Grant:

 

 

 

 

Session 6: LIVE Q&A

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

Special Guests: TBC

Day Three - July 1st 2020

Schedule

 

 

 

Session 1: Summit Open

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

 

 

Session 2: Acknowledgement of Country

Presenters: Elder Speaker - Uncle Noel Butler

Session 3: "Maths on country"

Presenters: Courtney Glazebrook

 

About Courtney:

Courtney is the Director of Towri MACS, a Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Service in NSW. Courtney facilitates a variety of different programs that focus on a highly integrated, holistic model of care and education for Indigenous children and has travelled throughout the Northern Territory undertaking research to inform government policies surrounding issues relating to ‘Closing The Gap’ and early childhood. Most recently, Courtney is working in partnership with Charles Sturt University to implement a research study site at Towri, gathering data on STEM learning in and across different cultural contexts. Courtney has a wealth of experience engaging with Aboriginal families and communities and building rich, inclusive and culturally appropriate learning environment for children in the early years, recently being named a finalist in 2018 HESTA awards for building inclusion and awarded Young Business Professional of the Year for 2018 for her work in recognising and advancing the self determination rights of our First Nation peoples.

 

Session 4: "The Science Behind Yarning Circles and STEAM DREAMING"

Presenters: Kate Mitchell - Q&A session with host Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

About Kate Mitchell:

Managing director of Australia's first carbon neutral accommodation provider, the Comfort Inn City Centre, STEAM Dreaming Event Organiser, and host of her own YouTube channel, On Country with Kate, where she travels around Australia and discusses with different people how our place in the land affects our perception of who we are and how we think.

 

Session 5: "Discovering our DeadlyScience"

Presenters: Corey Tutt

 

About Corey:

Corey Tutt is a proud Kamilaroi man who established Deadly Science, an organisation that send science resources to remote schools around Australia. His work has seen him named as the NSW Young Australian of the Year 2020, the 2019 CSIRO Indigenous STEM champion and more.

Corey has been able to distribute more than 7000 books and over 200 telescopes to remote communities in need, engaging with 100 schools in the country. These schools have seen a 25% increase in engagement in STEM-related subjects

Recently Deadly Science has been playing a role in rebuilding schools affected by devastating bush fires which have ravaged most of the south coast of NSW by providing books and resources to schools that have been destroyed by fire.

Corey particularly wants to ensure that every Australian school has a copy of Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu – a History of Indigenous Science and Agriculture – to help educate them about the real story of Australia.

Outside of his media appearances and work with Deadly Science, Corey works at the University of Sydney, and is an enthusiastic advocate for Science, Nature, and Sports.

 

 

 

Session 6: LIVE Q&A

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

Special Guests: TBC

Day Four - July 2nd 2020

Schedule

 

 

 

Session 1: Day 4 Open

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

 

 

Session 2: Acknowledgement of Country

Presenters: Elder Speaker - Uncle Noel Butler

Session 3: "Kinship and Mathematics"

Presenters: Professor Chris Matthews

 

About Professor Chris Matthews:

"Our mathematics, Yolŋu mathematics, is Gurruṯu."

Dr M. Yunupiŋu
1st Yolŋu Principal, Yirrkala Community School and Lead Singer of Yothu Yindi

 

Dr M. Yunupiŋu stated that Yolŋu mathematics is Gurruṯu or, in other words, the Yolŋu kinship system is a form of mathematics. This presentation will explore the wisdom of Dr M. Yunupiŋu by exploring the connection between mathematics and culture, provide an understanding of the Gurruṯu system, explore its connection to the complex systems of the world and thereby explore its deep connection to mathematics. Prof. Chris Matthews will also provide examples of how this approach could be a powerful way of learning for mathematics in early years and how it connects to all our Communities across Australia. Chris will also briefly discuss why this understanding is important for all students as essential learning for their future and the future of Australia.  

 

PROF. CHRIS MATTHEWS is from the Quandamooka people and is passionate about connecting culture and mathematics to transform mathematics education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. Chris has a PhD in applied mathematics and is currently a senior curriculum officer for ACARA, Associate Dean (Indigenous leadership) Science Faculty, University Technology of Sydney and the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA).

 

Session 4: "Learning through Culture"

Presenters: April Cunningham

 

About April:

April Cunningham holds a number of titles including Cultural Educator, CQUni Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) student, Student Representative Council member, 2018 Queensland Young Achiever Awards semi-finalist, app developer and young mum.

 

The proud Indigenous descendant of the Noonuccal people of the Quandamooka nation from North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) recently represented CQUni in Paris as part of a Global Voices scholarship. Ms Cunningham returned with a wealth of knowledge and ideas on ways to address different challengers in her local community.

 

When Ms Cunningham isn’t studying or being mum to her daughter Summer, Ms Cunningham works with children at a local kindergarten on the Sunshine Coast where she helps pre-schoolers use sensory play and nature play to connect Mother Earth through an Indigenous perspective. She also consults for E.C.E.C services to help promote and educate an awareness and respect around Indigenous culture.

Ms Cunningham is passionate about educating about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and her vision is for justice and equality in humanity.

 

Session 5: "Exploring Indigenous ways of being, connecting language and country"

Presenters: Jo Garland

 

About Jo:

My name is Jo-Anne Garland and I am a Gamilaarary and Dharug woman who has been teaching for the past 23 years in early childhood education and care settings. I have a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education and currently undertaking a PHD in early childhood trauma. I have been in the role of Centre Director for 16 years and various services across Sydney. I am an active Global World Leader for the social Inclusion of children and am working on a project to support educators in their daily practice. I have studied Aboriginal languages for six years and am currently completing Gamilaaray language at Tafe. I have a passion for inclusion, rights of children and their wellbeing.

 

This presentation will explore Aboriginal culture and traditional ways of being across countries in Australia. It will focus on the connection we have to our land, animals, language, water ways and sky to explain and model how science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a part of who Aboriginal people are in both physical and natural environments.

 

 

 

 

Session 6: LIVE Q&A

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

Special Guests: TBC

Day Five - July 3rd 2020

Schedule

 

 

 

Session 1: Summit Open

Presenters: Mastresses of Ceremony, Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

 

 

 

Session 2: Acknowledgement of Country

Presenters: Elder Speaker - Uncle Noel Butler

Session 3: "STEM in the classroom and incorporating Bush-tucker"

Presenters: Cath Gillespie & Kirby Barker

 

About Cath:

Cath Gillespie has been a teacher and educator for over 20 years. She lives and plays in the coastal town of Evans Head-Bandjalang land, in the Northern Rivers of NSW. Cath is the Early Childhood teacher and educational leader at Evans Head Preschool which has been community-based for 45 years. The philosophy of the service strives to embed an ecological identity, where children are inspired to care for land and country.

 

We take our knowledge and learning from close consultation with the Elders, rangers and custodians of the land.

 

An opportunity to learn more about nature pedagogy from Claire Warden inspired us to take a small class of children to learn and connect to country.

This opportunity has been the most rewarding experience of Cath’s career to date.

 

About Kirby

Kirby Barker is an Early Childhood Educator and Cultural advisor at both Evans Head and Woodburn Preschools.

 

Kirby is a custodian and traditional owner of the Bandjalang people of the greater Bundjalung nation of Northern New South Wales.

 

Sharing Bandjalang stories and embedding a Bandjalang language program has seen children families and educators connecting with country on a deeper level than before - therefore caring for the country like never before.

 

Collaborating with elders in the community to appropriately teach, share and walk alongside each other as we play, learn and care for country.


 

 

 

Session 4: Special Guest

Presenters:

 

Session 5: Summit Synopsis

Presenters: LIVE Q&A Session hosted by Jessica Staines & Dr Red Ruby Scarlet