Work with us

Learn more

St Thomas Aquinas Teaching Schools

Experienced based teacher education

Southern Catholic College Careers Expo

Embark on a journey of discovery

Tasmanian It Takes a Spark Grok Academy STEM Conference 2023

The intent of the It Takes a Spark Grok Academy STEM Conference is to bring together Students (Year 4 to 10) and Teachers to connect with inspiring industry role models, share their current school based activities and projects using an authentic sharing and experiential model, create networks of teachers and student teams, and solve social justice design challenges.

The 2023 conference theme is to highlight how STEM is at the heart of innovation and learning in every discipline and is used (mostly unconsciously) by everyone everyday. This is not about the acronym but about the thinking, mindsets and skills that STEM engenders.

When: Friday, 1 September 2023

Where: Guilford Young College, Glenorchy

Time: 8:45 am to 2:45 pm

Find out more information and register online at:

Keynote Speakers

Each conference opens with an inspiring keynote on the theme of being someone who makes a difference using the skills inherent in STEAM & Entrepreneurship (creativity, innovation, problem solving, critical thinking, courage).

Keynote speakers for 2023 will include: 

  • Mars Buttfield-Addison - Computer Scientist, Superstar of STEM. 
  • Dr Lila Landowski - Neuroscientist, Science Communicator, Superstar of STEM.

The keynote is followed by two rotations of concurrent teacher mini-masterclasses and hands-on digidesign sessions for students and teachers. There will also be concurrent problem solvers sessions where students and teachers will work together to solve real life design or STEM challenges. A teacher networking and pathways session is organised during the day to encourage connections between schools, industry, organisations and sponsors.


For more information about It Takes a Spark Grok Academy STEM Conference please contact Rachel Manneke-Jones.

m: +61 0 411 270 277


It Takes a SPARK STEM Conference 2022

‘It Takes a SPARK’ STEM Conference Tasmania 2022 brought Northern Tasmanian Year 4 to 10 students, teachers, industry leaders together for an immersive day of interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops, networking, and problem-solving activities.

Acknowledgement of Country

Catholic Education Tasmania acknowledges and deeply respects the Palawa people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, and all Elders past and present.

We are committed to learning alongside our students and community in this place, lutruwita, and support the continued sharing of knowledge and Culture.