Who are we?
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 retired from Telstra in 2000 after three years as GM, Organisation Development. He is currently Manager Education Projects for The Warren Centre, and recently co-founded SLAM Education in Newcastle offering after-school, vacation, and professional STEM learning (and much more) to Primary children and their teachers.
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 raise average 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.
The University of Sydney
The Engineering & IT Faculty at the University of Sydney and Grok Learning continue to provide invaluable programme advice critical to the implementation of the Kookaberry's internal software, and recommendations on the layout of the Kookaberry and its on-board functionality.
Damien George is an Australian, living in Melbourne, who created MicroPython , a lean and fast implementation of the Python scripting language that is optimized to run on a microcontroller. It is the language used on the BBC micro:bit. Damien has implemented, and is currently optimising, MicroPython on the Kookaberry.
Evan Bonser coordinates STEM learning activities at the Junior School at Tara Anglican School for Girls in Sydney, with previous experience teaching at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, and as a game design facilitator and ICT integrator with the MacICT team at Macquarie University. Evan is acting as a creative interface between the Kookaberry design team and its ultimate customers - primary teachers.
SLAM Education provides late-primary and early-secondary school children with the opportunity to participate in exciting after school and vacation activities based on STEM and the Digital Arts. We also work with primary Principals to raise the technology capability of their whole teacher cohort over the course of a year. SLAM Education designed and maintains the AustSTEM website.