Presented by Joel Cowey of CSIROs “Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools”


Jumping headlong into technology in the classroom can be a daunting experience. You will hear all sorts of suggestions about using Bee Bots or Raspberry Pis or Arduinos. But is it as simple as getting the technology?

ICT in Schools has been supporting a series of partnerships (a teacher plus a STEM professional volunteer) that have introduced activities based around using Arduinos in the classroom.

There have been successes and great outcomes, but frustrations and hurdles to overcome as well.

Hear how these partnerships have navigated their way through the trials and tribulations of implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum using Arduinos in the classroom.

Although these gadgets can be a great prop for learning, technology is not always the answer. We will also talk about some simple pen and paper actions that can be just as effective for student learning and a lot healthier for teacher sanity.

WARNING: this workshop is not a technical workshop on using Arduinos.

It is covers the whys wherefores and “oh bugger” moments.

About the Programme

Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools is a national volunteer program bringing real science, mathematics and ICT into the classroom through ongoing flexible partnerships between teachers (K-12) and scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals. See

The Scientists, Mathematicians and ICT in Schools project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Maths and Science Participation program.

Join Joel Cowey at the ECAWA 2016 State Conference at ECU Mount Lawley.