The Kookaberry is brought to you by the AustSTEM Foundation.
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The AustSTEM Foundation
The AustSTEM Foundation is a not-for-profit charity established in Australia in 2017. Our registered ABN is 36 622 569 626.
Our purpose is to promote education in Australia.
We are initially concentrating on primary students in Years 4 to 6 to foster an increased awareness in Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects prior to them entering Year 7 studies.
Our principal strategy is to fund the Kookaberry, and we will support other mediums that align with our objectives.
How the Foundation intends to achieve its purpose
Our long term intention is to raise the funding required to distribute and support the free distribution of Kookaberries to teachers in every Year 5 classroom across Australia over at least a two year period. This is similar to the strategy used by the BBC in the UK, where they distributed nearly a million micro:bits to every year 7 student free of charge.
The Kookaberry is now a mature product which needs to be trialled in a range of schools across Australia to both ensure it is fit for purpose, and to gather the data necessary to support the fund raising activity for general distribution.
For the purpose of these trials we are offering a holistic service approach to STEM education in schools through a STEM Experiential Learning Journey where the first step is to familiarise, train, and accredit individual teachers in the use of the technology and how it can be used to enhance lesson curriculum content across the curriculum.
We are therefore calling for expressions of interest from schools and school systems across Australia interested in becoming early adopters of this exciting new classroom tool.
If we can achieve interest levels of around 500 Kookaberries by the end of September 2020, we anticipate being able to provide them to schools in time for implementation during Term 1, 2021.
Julian Dinsdale has a solid background in operating technology companies and raised significant funds for investments in the private and public equity markets in Australia, UK, Europe and USA.
He was also a founder of the Australian Institute of Advanced Learning that has provided advanced learning techniques into schools, institutions, police, insurance industry, armed forces and company boards.
Julian, like John, wants to raise average STEM literacy across Australia - not just improve it in areas of high relative social advantage. For both Julian and John, this means concentrating on the Primary sector
John Phillips is a systems engineer with extensive international telecommunications project and employee relations experience. He manages education projects for The Warren Centre, and co-founded SLAM Education in Newcastle.
John was promoting STEM well before it entered mainstream consciousness, and is now actively supporting only those projects and initiatives which are sustainable over the long term, and have the potential to raise the level of STEM literacy
Tony Strasser. Tony's 42 year domestic and international consultancy career spans manufacturing, engineering and information technology. Now retired to being a busy grandparent, he maintains an active interest in promoting learning, growth and excellence in engineering, computing and education