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Scitech CSIRO Lab Creative STEM Teachers Program


  • Scitech City West Centre, Sutherland St & Railway Street Perth (map)

What is it?

Four pre-service or early career teachers will be selected to attend and observe CSIRO Lab workshops at Scitechand be mentored by Dr Claire Pannell, along with other Scitech facilitators, during the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival.

The program culminates with participants leading facilitation of KickstART workshops at the Scitech CSIRO Lab during the weekend of Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April, fostering relationships between pre-service / recent graduate teachers and Scitech staff, and offering better support to teachers when they move into careers teaching our next generation of innovators.

The Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2018 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, and is funded by the State Government of Western Australia. The KickstART Festival is also supported by Lotterywest and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

 

Working in the CSIRO Lab

Successful applicants will be inducted for WHS (Work, Health and Safety) and general Scitech procedures on the first day. Following this, Claire will spend time with them explaining teaching philosophies and methodologies. Curriculum links will be explained during this time.

Participants will attend and observe Scitech CSIRO Lab workshops held during the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival in pairs. These workshops will be held between Saturday 14 April and Friday 20 April, and times will be confirmed with participants on Saturday 7 April.

On the weekend of Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April, participants will be given the chance to develop their own facilitation skills by leading workshops in conjunction with Scitech presenters.

The goal is for teachers to develop their education skills, learn new techniques to make curriculum more exciting in science classes, and to develop a relationship with Scitech staff so they have a direct contact when they move into their schools.

 

About the mentor

Claire Pannell, aka Furchick, is a STEM learning professional, arts manager and experimental sound artist. Claire is currently manager of the CSIRO Lab at Scitech where she delivers an innovative program of hands on STEM (and STEAM) learning for the community. Prior to working at Scitech, Claire had a diverse career which has included being a research scientist, arts manager for children and young people and truck weigher.

In her arts practice Claire uses voice, gadgets and gizmo instruments that she invents and makes, and field recordings. She also creates animated videos to complement her sound works. She usually performs solo live with an experimental sound at the crossover of art and science. Claire also collaborates online across the world.

She is joining France based cassette label FRM-AT in 2018 and she also runs international net label Dog Park Records. In 2017, Claire she was humbled to be awarded a WAMI for best experimental artist in WA. Claire has toured across Australia and internationally including to the East Coast, New Zealand, across the USA and Europe. She has worked on sound design for Athens, Greece based contemporary dance company Jukstapoz, and presented at the Audacious Festival in Christchurch, Sound Summit in Newcastle, a sound installation at Tilde Festival in Melbourne and The Mart contemporary art museum in Italy.

Claire used to play in bands including local bands Brown and Sexy Band. In New Zealand she played in numerous bands that can be found on Yellow Bike Records. In New York she played drums in Air Traffic Controllers with Gerard Cosloy, and jam bands with members of the NYC experimental music underground scene. 

 

Who should apply?

  • Applicants must be aged between 17 and 26 years old
  • Applicants must be able to commit to the key dates listed below.
  • Pre-service teachers and recent graduates who are passionate to learn about science facilitation, curriculum based activities and who would like to form relationships with Scitech should apply. 

 

Where will it take place?

  • CSIRO Lab Scitech: City West Centre, Sutherland St & Railway Street, Perth
  • Propel Youth Arts WA: 53 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003

 

Key Dates

  • Monday 26 March: Applications close at 5.00pm
  • Friday 30 March: Selected applicants contacted and confirmed
  • Saturday 7 April 10am to 12pm: First meeting with mentor and participants
  • Tuesday 10 April 10am to 12pm: Second meeting with mentor and participants
  • Mon - Fri, 16-20 April: Mentorship and training during Scitech CSIRO workshops
  • Saturday 21 April: Facilitate a CSIRO Workshop with Scitech presenters
  • Sunday 22 April: Facilitate a CSIRO Workshop with Scitech presenters
  • Mon - Sat 23-28 April: Post Event Meeting (exact dates and times TBC)

 

How do I apply?

Click the below button to fill out the Expression of Interest application form before 5.00pm on Monday 26 March. Late submissions will not be considered. 

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please contact Zal Kanga-Parabia, Creative Coordinator for Youth Week WA - KickstART Festival 2018, by phoning 08 9328 5855 or emailing zal@propel.org.au.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2018 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, and is funded by the State Government of Western Australia. The KickstART Festival is also supported by Lotterywest and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

All enquiries can be directed to hello@propel.org.au or 08 9328 5855.