I am the Head of Robotics and Multimedia at Trinity College. I enjoy designing real world learning opportunities for my students.
In 2010, I formed the Trinity College Engineering and Robotics program to compete in the FIRST Lego League. ‘Team BaCoN’ went on to win the Strategy and Innovation Award at the World Championships, the Australian Young Inventor of the Year 2011 and hold a patent for the ‘Space Saver Spacer’ collapsible Asthma Spacer. In the years to follow, the program grew to include teams competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge and most recently the FIRST Global Challenge. The team, collaborating and competing with 157 national representative teams, won the Albert Einstein Award for International Excellence and I was humbled to receive the Francisco Jose de Caldas Award for Sustainable Excellence for her role in developing the inaugural event.
I also hold a Diploma of Applied Chemistry and Microbiology and a Diploma of Management, which provide a unique set of skills which are stretched to the limit mentoring teams in the FIRST family of Robotics programs.
In 2018, I was named the South Australian STEM Educator of the Year and a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Secondary Teaching.