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#WithSTEMYouCan Careers Expo Schedule 

Welcome & Acknowledgements
10.00 - 10.30am Schools arrive
10.30 - 10.40am Welcome & Acknowledgements | Pioneer Theatre
10.40 - 10.45am Move to next session
School groups
Group A Warilla HS Richmond HS Canterbury Boys Woonona HS
Group B Wyong HS Nepean CAPA Al Noori Muslim  
Group C Elderslie HS Seven Hills HS    
Group D Clancy Catholic Norwest Christian Colyton HS  
Group sessions
  Group A Group B Group C Group D
10.45 - 11.15am Expo Expo Workshop Lunch
11.15 - 11.20am Move to next session
11.20 - 11.50am Expo Workshop Lunch Expo
11.50 - 11.55am Move to next session
11.55am - 12.25pm Workshop Lunch Expo Expo
12.25 - 12.30pm Move to next session
12.30 - 1.00pm Lunch Expo Expo Workshop
1.00 - 1.05pm Move to next session
1.05 - 1.30pm Panel discussion and close | Pioneer Theatre
1.30pm Schools depart


To request accessibility assistance, contact the Pioneer Theatre team at or on 1300 426 654.

Pioneer Theatre. The 350+ seat adjustable performance space includes 188 seats on a tiered retractable seating bank and comfortable floor seating.


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Industry professionals will deliver interactive workshops from 10.45am – 13.00pm. Teachers have allocated students to each of the workshops. Students should refer to their timetable and wristband colour for more information.

Data, Design and Making A Difference with Data61

What is data and how can we use it to make a difference? What does a career in data look like? Join us in this workshop, led by CSIRO's Data 61 scientists, to explore the connections between the real world, design and numbers.

Urban Habitats with Petaurus Education Group

This workshop will engage students in a hands-on native habitat workshop, where they'll learn about the importance of urban environments and how to find, protect and enhance habitats for native Australian animals. They will also learn about pollinators and their role in maintaining a healthy and diverse ecosystem and how these skills are applied in a real-world setting.

The Soft Side of Engineering and Construction with John Holland Group

Step into the world of engineering, design and construction. This is not a challenge of speed, but planning, design and quality construction practices. Students will get to apply skills and concepts used by industry professionals to build the tallest free-standing tower.

Discover water management with Sydney Water - it’s complex!

Students will discover the complexity of sustainable water management as they build their own urban water cycle. An exploration of our drinking water, wastewater and recycled water networks will ensure students strengthen their water literacy whilst understanding some of the challenges we face in securing a resilient and reliable water future. Sydney Water is a place of endless possibility and as we journey forward, looking to continuously improve water management and seeking new technologies, we encourage students to think about the contribution they could make in delivering world-class water services.


Career paths are never linear, even if they may seem that way from the outside. At this panel discussion, you will hear from a range of STEM professionals about their career journeys, key learnings, and top tips for being successful in STEM.

Paloma Siles – CSIRO, Generation STEM Industry Engagement Manager

Paloma is the Industry Engagement Manager within the Generation STEM team at CSIRO.

Paloma Siles – CSIRO, Generation STEM Industry Engagement Manager

She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate of Science Communication from The Australian National University.

Paloma works across government, industry, and education to bring great science to as many people as possible.

Adina Brown – Telstra, Business Specialist - Sponsorship and Sport

Adina Brown studied a Bachelor of Communications and Media in Sports Media majoring in Business Management at the University of Canberra.

Adina Brown - Telstra, Business Specialist - Sponsorship and Sport

She began working at Telstra as an intern in 2019 and completed seven internships until beginning the Telstra Graduate Program in 2023. Adina now works in the sports sponsorship team.

She is a proud Aboriginal woman who also leads an internal group in Telstra called Deadly Early Careers Yarning Space.

Jonathan O'Dowd – CSIRO, Business Development Manager

Following this passion, he studied a Master’s in Marine Biology and a Master’s in Finance, realising that by understanding both science and business, he could help scientists communicate and work with companies and governments.

Jonathan O'Dowd - CSIRO, Business Development Manager ©  CSIRO, Dearna Bond

Jonathan now works at CSIRO as a Business Development Manager, where he helps scientists to make smart decisions about what to research and how their research will make real-world change.

In particular, he works with people that travel to Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef on CSIRO’s research vessel (RV) Investigator, and those who manage huge collections of animals, plants and insects.

Dr Rhett Loban – Australian Catholic University, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Arts

Rhett is a Senior Lecturer at Australian Catholic University, and his research areas include culture, game-based learning, virtual reality and experiential learning.

Dr Rhett Loban - Australian Catholic University, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Arts.

He is the winner of the 2018 CSIRO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professional Career Achievement Award and has been invited to serve as an NSW Education ambassador for the new computing syllabuses: Computing Technology 7-10, Enterprise Computing 11-12 and Software Engineering 11-12.

Rhett has also recently authored Embedding Culture into Video Games and Game Design: The Palm, the Dogai and the Tombstone, exploring the implications of cultural depictions in video games and opportunities to generate deeper cultural representations through the game design process.

Anita Hafner – CSIRO, Postdoctoral Fellow, Space and Astronomy

Anita completed a bachelor's degree from Monash University in 2005. She then went on to earn a Graduate Diploma of Education and spent the next eight years as a high school teacher.

Returning to her studies in 2013, Anita completed Honours at UNSW, followed by a Master's of Research and a PhD in radio astronomy at Macquarie University.

Anita is now a postdoctoral researcher at the CSIRO, where she studies regions in the Milky Way that are currently forming stars much bigger than our sun.

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