About the STEM Education Network

The Network

The Queensland STEM Education Network (QSEN) is a consortium of Queensland Universities providing a range of high quality programs and initiatives designed to build STEM capacity across the state.

Queensland STEM Education Network (QSEN) was launched with the aid of funding from the Federal Government’s Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program (AMSPP).

The Queensland STEM Education Network will be instrumental in coordinating state-wide collaboration in STEM education between Universities, the Department of Education and Training and other key stakeholders in STEM education.

Project Goals

Goal 1
To raise awareness, interest and achievement in science and mathematics among Queensland junior secondary students leading to increased STEM enrolments at senior secondary and tertiary levels.

Goal 2
To engage students, parents, teachers, guidance officers and the broader community to demystify and raise awareness of the importance of STEM education and STEM related careers.

In the longer term, the QSEN will continue to be a strong advocate for the importance of STEM education and will be a key voice in developing the future strategic direction of STEM education across Queensland.

People

Kay Lembo

Kay Lembo

Job Position

Kay is the manager of the Queensland S.T.E.M. Education Network and is establishment the state-wide consortium of university, education, scientific and community stakeholders. Kay has worked as a secondary science teacher with Education Queensland for over 20 years and has been involved with managing initiatives as part of Queensland’s ‘Spotlight on Science’ and ‘Science Education Strategy’. These involve coordinating the Toowoomba Technology Maths, Science Centre of Excellence (TTMSCE) and as Director of Southern Queensland Science Centre of Innovation and Professional Practice (SCIPP). Most recently her roles have been as National Manager, Program Delivery and Quality Assurance, Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) and lecturing in science education at the University of Southern Queensland and Charles Darwin University. Kay’s research interests include science education, teacher professional development and science teaching enhancement initiatives.

Contact details

Email: k.lembo@griffith.edu.au
Phone: (07) 5552 7899

Carina Pericleous

Carina Pericleous

Job Position

Carina is the Queensland S.T.E.M. Education Network (QSEN) Project Officer based at Griffith University. She provides high level project support for all consortium University partners and assist’s in the coordination of STEMS engagement and outreach activities. Carina’s broad University experience includes Student Retention, Client Services, Administration and as an International Advisor.

Contact details

Email: c.pericleous@griffith.edu.au
Phone: (07) 5552 7208

Maria Barrett

Maria Barrett

Job Position

Maria Barrett is the QSEN STEM Officer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In addition to developing and managing QUT’s QSEN projects, Maria coordinates the Widening Participation program in QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, which provides STEM outreach activities and career awareness experiences to primary and secondary schools in low income areas within the Brisbane North-Caboolture corridor. Maria has specialist expertise in teaching primary school science, and extensive experience in development of science communication initiatives and management of ecology research centres in the tertiary education sector.

Contact details

Email: m.barrett@qut.edu.au
Phone: (07) 3138 9891

Marina Fitzpatrick

Marina Fitzpatrick

Job Position

Marina Fitzpatrick is one of six QSEN consortium’s project officers and is based at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has been a key facilitator of a number of STEM initiatives including Education QLD’s Science Centre of Innovation and Professional Practice (SCIPP), the Science and Engineering Education Centre (SEEC) and the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE). QSEN is the latest expression progressing parallel project objectives to enhance STEM networks and implement authentic and engaging STEM experiences for middle school students.

Contact details

Email: mfitzpat@usc.edu.au
Phone: (07) 5456 5875

Sue Lanham

Sue Lanham

Job Position

Sue is a Project Officer for the Queensland STEM Education Network based at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Sue has worked with a variety of projects and initiatives at the University as part of science outreach to schools and the wider science community. This has involved establishing effective working relationships and networks with schools, industry, government partners and community organisations in order to facilitate and deliver STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and events for school teachers and students.

Contact details

Email: slanham@usc.edu.au
Phone: (07) 5456 5045

Tui Adams

Tui Adams

Job Position

Tui is the STEM Education Officer based at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. Tui has a diverse background working in the tertiary sector with schools throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. She has developed and delivered many programs both in schools and on campus, including camps, to raise awareness of STEM and STEM careers.

Contact details

Email: t.adams@griffith.edu.au
Phone: (07) 5552 8342

Jackie Mergard

Jackie Mergard

Job Position

Jackie is the Queensland STEM Education Network (QSEN) project officer based at the University of Queensland (UQ). For over twenty years she has created and delivered STEM outreach initiatives for both the Engineering and Science Faculties at UQ to engage schools and the wider community with science. She actively creates partnerships with teacher associations, community and education groups; federal, state and local government departments; scientific organisations and industry partners to promote interest and participation in science by teachers and students and the general public. Her initiatives have included one-to-one mentoring programs; interactive STEM workshops; competitions, science camps, public lectures and science festivals.

Contact details

Email: j.mergard@uq.edu.au
Phone: (07) 3365 3634

Dr Lindy Orwin

Dr Lindy Orwin

Job Position

Lindy is a Research Fellow for the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and she works remotely. Lindy is the USQ representative for QSEN (Queensland STEM Education Network) and she is currently working on a number of research projects which aim to improve science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education (STEAM) in early childhood, primary, secondary, teacher professional learning and pre-service teacher education through the use of remote access technologies such as videoconferencing and remote sensing.

Contact details

Email: Lindy.Orwin@usq.edu.au
Phone: 0478 039 322

Dr Linda Pfeiffer

Dr Linda Pfeiffer

Job Position

Linda is a Research Fellow and lecturer in Science Education for CQUniversity and she is located at Gladstone Marina campus, Central Queensland. Linda is the CQUniversity representative for QSEN (Queensland STEM Education Network) and she is currently working on a number of research projects which aim to improve science and mathematics education at all levels including early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary. She is involved in the Advancing Education government initiatives and has been selected as an Educator Collaborator for the 21st Century Minds program sponsored by Price Waterhouse Coopers. Linda recently won an Opal Award for the Science Education Experience two day PD event for educators held in Gladstone in August 2015. She is passionate about engaging people with the science in everyday life and building networks and partnerships.

Contact details

Email: l.pfeiffer@cqu.edu.au
Phone: (07) 4970 7205

Donna Rigano

Donna Rigano

Job Position

Donna is the Project Officer for the Queensland STEM Education Network focusing on the promotion of mathematics. Based at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville, Donna Rigano has been working in STEM education since 1991. Her research interests cover a range of areas including high school laboratory science, primary school scientific writing, emotions in science learning and maths teacher identity. With the JCU team, Donna is focusing on developing strategies that highlight how mathematics is crucial for future careers.

Contact details

Email: donna.rigano@jcu.edu.au
Phone: (07) 4781 4634

Partners

The Queensland STEM Education Networks provides coordinated, statewide collaborative approach for sharing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics expertise from Queensland Universities with secondary school students across the state. It also builds on existing strong university partnerships with local schools and communities involving STEM outreach and Widening Participation initiatives.

Consortium University Partners
Adjunct University Partners

Australian Government Department of EducationThe formation of the Queensland STEM Education Network is made possible with the support of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, as part of its Australian Maths and Science Partnership Programme (AMSPP) initiative.

This programme was established in response to Professor Ian Chubb, AC, recommendations in his 2012 report: Mathematics, Engineering and Science: in the national interest.

The AMSPP is aimed at improving student engagement in maths and science courses at university and schools, through innovative partnerships between universities, schools and other relevant organisations.

Nationally funded AMSPP projects

Lead University Partner: Project Title

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University: Making Something out of Maths

La Trobe University: In2science – classroom and online mentoring for the future

University of Canberra: National Mentoring for Science and Mathematics teachers

University of Technology, Sydney: Maths Inside: Highlighting the role of mathematics in society as motivation to engage more in mathematical activities

University of Sydney: Embedded System Design Challenge

University of Sydney: CAASTRO in the Classroom

University of South Australia: Excellence and Equity in Maths: Indigenous Student Achievement and Tertiary Aspirations in Mathematics

Southern Cross University: Inspiring Science and Mathematics Education (ISME)