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About this event

Find out what’s behind the scenes at the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre in Perth. Join virtually or in person, as we look at big data projects, how students can contribute to them and strengthen their skills.

As part of STEM Together’s goal to help educators and students use strength-based approaches to build confidence, capability and connection with STEM, this professional learning session offers exclusive access to CSIRO experts.

On the agenda:

Sleep study

Who doesn’t like to sleep?! Explore the world of sleep through data – real data that your students create! In this interactive session, you’ll be introduced to the many, free teacher resources and student activities available to you. From collection, interpretation, analysis, application, and communication, the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre team will walk you through resources your class can use to get started.

Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre Tour

Have you met Setonix? It’s one of the world’s most powerful and most energy efficient supercomputers. In this tour you’ll be able to see it up close.

Delivered as a virtual tour or in person for those in Perth, hear from Pawsey scientists and specialists about the power of Setonix and the cutting-edge research discoveries and science that is being done on site. We’ll also show you our new Visualisation Lab, where the galaxy will be opened before your eyes.

In-person workshop, networking opportunity

We’ll close the session with a chance for you to ask Pawsey scientists and specialists questions and network with colleagues, over a cuppa.

Date & time:

  • Thursday, 7 September 2023
  • 10am-12:30pm AWST  (12pm – 2:30pm AEST)

Event format:

In-person at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 1 Bryce Ave, Kensington, Western Australia, 6151


Virtual session (a web link to join the event will be sent following registration)

Topics covered:

  • Science, data literacy skills
  • Australian curriculum alignment
  • Mathematics
  • Digital technologies and managing large amounts of data
  • Communicating findings mathematically

Who is this event designed for?

While the workshop's examples are tailored for science, digital technologies or mathematics educators of Year 9-10 groups, they can be adjusted to suit Primary and Secondary STEM classes.

Register now for 'Using big data to build student strength'

About our guest speakers

Our guest speakers from the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre include:

Dr. Sarah Beecroft
Life Science Supercomputing Specialist

Sarah’s background is in medical research, her PhD focused on the genetics of nerve and muscle diseases. She now works to uplift biological research that requires high performance computing. This spans technical developments, training, and advocacy.

Dr. Pascal Elahi
Supercomputing Applications Specialist

Pascal’s background is in numerical astrophysics, where he explored the physics governing the Universe through complex virtual universes. He is interested in cosmology and galaxy formation as well as developing algorithms for use on supercomputers. He developed an extensive track record of developing astronomical software for HPC systems during his research. 

Ann Backhaus
Education and Training Manager 

Ann has significant experience in adult teaching and learning and has led global teams to create digital learning materials, workshops and modules. 

Fathima Haseen
Learning and development specialist

Fathima has over 15 years of experience, designing, developing and delivering successful training programs across various industries and sectors. She has worked across British, American, and Australian education systems and has significant experience in adult education.

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