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Presented by

Debbie Yates
STEM Coordinator / ICT Teacher, Ashdale Secondary College 

Ashdale Secondary College started the STEM Institute in 2015. The Institute is a Year 7-9 specialist program aimed at engaging high performing students in STEM projects and an enriched curriculum of Science, Mathematics, Digital and Design Technologies. Entry into the program is by special selection.

Students have access to the College’s maker space to work on STEM projects and develop their skills with using 3D printers, soldering irons, Lego Robotics, circuit boards and e-textiles. The integration of curriculum has been trialled on a number of operational models and involved both experienced and pre-service teachers in planning and facilitating of personalised STEM projects. Students have become STEM Leaders and help to facilitate new STEM Initiatives such as the STEM Expo, Year 5 STEM Girls Day Camp and other events through the year.

Enhancing STEM education in primary education has also been a focus of the College. Students from the Cluster primary schools have the opportunity to engage in STEM education through the annual STEM Girls Day camp connecting Year 5 girls to female STEM mentors and the STEM Champions Workshops aimed at raising awareness of STEM through parents and carers working with their children on STEM workshops.

Ashdale Secondary College is committed to building a culture around 21st Century learning and providing amazing opportunities for all students to have a positive future.



Intended Audience

All those interested in STEM; Middle / Upper Primary; Middle School; Lower Secondary (7 – 10)


About the Presenter:

Debbie Yates is a STEM Coordinator with a Primary School focus at Ashdale Secondary College.

She has a background in various business roles and owned her own Career Consultancy which has grown her passion for bringing authentic learning to the classroom and developing entrepreneurial skills in students.

Debbie teaches a range of ICT, Business and Design subjects and loves helping students to think outside the box and work outside of their comfort zone.

Debbie has a keen interest in engaging students in STEM at a very early age and inspiring more girls to consider STEM education and career pathways.


Join Debbie Yates at the ECAWA 2017 State Conference at ECU Mount Lawley.


In brief:

ECAWA 2017 State Conference
Dates: Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th of June, 2017
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus – a map of the venue is available.  Download the Map
 Free parking is available only in Parking Area 7 – the RED Zone.  A map showing the parking area and the venue is available. Download the Map
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