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    Akorn Educational Services and Enable Development are once again pleased to offer this amazing opportunity for Year 10 girls to participate in the 5-day 2020 FULL STEaM AHEAD – Girls Designing an Inclusive Society program taking place at Engineers Australia (Melbourne, Australia)




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    In a recent World Report on Disability, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people globally has a disability, which in Australia is calculated to be 4.27 million people. The majority of these people experience social exclusion, discrimination and lack of access to fully participate in society due to the barriers such as built environment and negative attitudes.


    Responding to this challenge, students will collaborate to generate ideas and develop assistive/enabling technologies that will overcome said barriers. During the program students will be supported by the Akorn Educational Services team to establish the appropriate analytical framework and user centered design to come up with sustainable and viable solutions.

    (Our October 2017 Full STEaM Ahead Program held at Engineers Australia, featuring 3 Makerbot 3D Printers)

    FULL STEaM AHEAD - Akorn Educational Services

    On the first day, students participate in learning about and how to use assistive devices (wheelchairs, crutches, white canes, etc.). They then work in small groups with a custom design laser cut plywood kit to design a toilet facility that can accommodate anyone with special needs.

    For the next three days, students continue to work in small groups, brainstorming and researching the types of devices that might be helpful for someone with a special need. They discuss and brainstorm how it may be made. They build a physical prototype of their project.  They document the process and put it into a short report.

    On the final day, their reports are finalised. Students present their findings & prototypes to a varied audience of parents, teachers, engineers and representatives of the hosting and supporting organisations. Parents and teachers are invited to attend this presentation.

    Kindly sponsored by Norman Disney & Young, Catholic Education Melbourne & Engineers Australia and supported by Enable, VISY, CEM, DATTA VIC & MakerBot

    ~~~ It is with pleasure that Akorn Educational Services announces Benita Husband as the Ambassador for the FULL STEaM AHEAD Programs ~~~

    “Akorn’s Full STEaM Ahead programs provide young people with not only the opportunity to experience STEM but also to engage with the community, technology and industry whilst gaining access to Engineers and other professionals. I am pleased and proud to be an ambassador for Akorn’s Full STEaM Ahead programs. Our young people are our future, and having been a mentor for a number of Akorn’s programs to date, I am excited about what the future holds. I’ve been impressed with their ideas and what they bring to life through design and prototyping – it’s wonderful to see how proud they are at the completion of the program”

    Benita Husband,
    Director Strategy, Clients & Markets – Norman Disney & Young
    Deputy President & Committee Member, Engineers Australia – Victoria Division
    FIEAust, CPEng, RBP(Vic), BE (Hons), MBA

    A big thanks to Benita! It’s great to have you on board!

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  2. Primary ‘FULL STEaM AHEAD’

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    Akorn trialled the Primary FSA in 2017 with the assistance of a MakerSpace Grant provided by the Government. The 2017 program was facilitated to more than 200 primary students in three regional primary schools.

    FSA Primary Launch-Adam Oldmeadow Photography

    The Primary FULL STEaM AHEAD program was designed as an immersive project based learning experience that focused on designing for people with disability with the focus on empathy building, universal design (critical thinking), a social model of disability, and the application of STEM skills.

    During the initial workshop launch (at Engineers Australia, Melbourne), students had an opportunity to experience what it would be like living with a disability (i.e. using mobility aids, and similar equipment). Through this – the students experienced physical, sensory & intellectual disability.

    FSA Primary Launch 2019-Adam Oldmeadow Photography

    At their own schools, students worked in collaborative teams in their newly established or existing Maker Spaces research, use the design thinking processes and newly learned STEM skills to work through the process of making their Assistive Devices, along with relevant information sheets, posters, etc.

    It now 2019 and we are facilitating this program for more than 1500 students through Catholic Education Melbourne.PRIMARY FULL STEAM AHEAD - AKORN EDUCATIONAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM CEM

    Here is a student made video:




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