In the COVID-19 environment, how do we engage students in STEM?

Hear keynote speaker inaugural Women in STEM Ambassador Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith and panelists The Hon John Brumby AO, EA CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans, NSW Young Australian of the Year Corey Tutt and Principal Kathryn Sobey discuss tangible tools, techniques and approaches to be implemented in schools.
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Professor Lisa Harvey Smith

The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted life as we know it. We have all had to adapt to a “new normal” but what does that mean for supporting students in STEM studies?  

The number of options available to educators to offer rich face-to-face STEM engagement experiences will likely be limited for some time as a result of social distancing restrictions. These limitations will be felt even more acutely by educationally disadvantaged schools and for groups of students that are already underrepresented in STEM including girls, students from low SES backgrounds, students from regional/rural/remote backgrounds and indigenous students. 


It is therefore critical for schools, industry, the higher education sector and award-winning programs like In2science to adapt and be flexible and continue on delivering meaningful STEM experiences to high school students. 

Join the In2Science and EA hosted online forum to explore and develop innovative ways the STEM industry can work together to support educationally disadvantaged secondary students by delivering high quality experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the current COVID-19 climate. 


Inaugural Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador, astronomer, author and broadcaster Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith will provide her insights into STEM education in a keynote address followed by a panel discussion with: 

  • The Hon Prof John Brumby (Moderator) - La Trobe University Chancellor and Former Victorian Premier 
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans - CEO, Engineers Australia 
  • Mr Corey Tutt - Founder of DeadlyScience, NSW Young Australian of the Year, CSIRO Indigenous STEM champion, ABC 2020 Trailblazer 
  • Ms Kathryn Sobey - Junior School Principal, Melton Secondary College 


The aim of this session is to provide real and tangible tools, techniques and approaches that can be implemented within schools to help students navigate the demands and opportunities of their STEM-based future. This session will also focus on how the higher education sector and industry can use their knowledge and resources to build connections with schools and students during this time.