As a long-term teacher at IGS in Ultimo, Melissa’s role as a dedicated STEAM Innovator at IGS this year is the first of its kind in NSW. STEAM stands for cross-curricular collaboration between Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
When IGS Principal Shauna Colnan appointed Melissa to the role, she recognised the scope of Melissa’s experience for cross curricular innovation and learning from past projects including Thinking Hyperbolically! hosted by the Powerhouse Museum (with IGS’s Head of Maths Jane Martin) and Winter Wonder Lamp at New York’s Museum of Mathematics.
“Mel’s skills in innovative design and her daring struck me as the perfect platform for STEAM – and this year, her foray into Makerspace, Minecraft integration and our Tanabata festival in June involving the whole school with an amazing collaboration between Science, Technology, Maths and the Arts, including Languages, really proved this,” Ms Colnan said.
“IGS is very proud of Mel’s achievement and we can’t wait to see the fruits of her well-deserved scholarship”.
Melissa’s scholarship project, titled Sydney STEAM Wonder, will take her to best-practice sites and centres of learning on both the West and East coasts of the US over the next Australian summer, building on her experience in teaching with 3D printing, scratch coding, augmented reality and animation.
“Being awarded the Premier’s Teaching Scholarship has validated the effort I have made to place STEAM education in the spotlight,“ Melissa said.
“The award also recognises the value in establishing partnerships and peer collaboration with strong focus on pushing curriculum boundaries in schools. My intention is to create opportunities for folks to experience STEM content in a new and surprising way.”