Director of Technologies, Mr Tim Rowberry, is an Australian and International leader of STEM education, proponent of gender inclusivity & educational leadership working closely with schools, industry, parent groups and the wider community. The Technology team’s aim under his leadership is to build an inclusive & collaborative learning ecosystem that supports all college learning areas by providing the opportunity for cross-discipline curriculum outcomes.
Tim has also spent the last 35 years in both full & part-time roles in the Australian Defence Force. Tim has worked and led national and overseas project initiatives and is a retired Captain in the Royal Australian Engineers.
Tim is one of the co-founders of an international award-winning STEM leadership initiative known as STEM4Innovation (S4I). Piloted in 2020 to over 22 schools with the continued support of Professor Fiona Wood, the WA Health Department, Curtin University and many others, S4I is an umbrella project for engagement across the entire WA community. S4I links schools, tertiary entities, industry, the wider community and parent groups that broaden opportunities and real-world engagement emphasising student voice & agency.
At the core of the S4I philosophy is a particular focus on the development of a learning eco-system that brings together the collective expertise of staff and students from all Learning Areas within the school system. This collaborative approach is being led by the JCCA Technologies team bringing student learning directly into the workplace creating exciting new future pathways. Here are some of the large scale collaborative projects being led by our students and staff:
- The Curtin University Space Science CubeSat initiative – BINAR X – designed to bring STEM contexts into every classroom around WA. JCCA is one of 3 lead schools working to send student project initiatives into space.
- Mental & Physical Health initiative working directly with East Metro Health Services, a team of Bariatric surgeons from St. John of God – Murdoch, several secondary schools and supported by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Professor Fiona Wood.
- Regional School Support Program helping to build future pathways for Aboriginal and local students. This is an ongoing partnership with Quairading District High School providing valuable cultural awareness and 2-way Science initiatives for students in both metropolitan and regional environments.
- Ongoing support to our Curtin University Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) building student and staff collaborations providing authenticity and currency to our existing curricular through project based learning strategies.