Carol Devney - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Bringing coding, robotics and STEM to the classroom

Located in Gladstone.

Carol Devney is a primary school teacher with a passion and commitment to bringing coding, robotics and STEM practices to the classroom and to her broader school community. She leveraged her teaching role as Digital Technologies Specialist Teacher at Gladstone Central State School to bring robotics to her town by being part of the Gladstone STEM Cluster. As one of the cluster leaders, Carol has helped coordinate two Gladstone Robotics Competitions for students.

Volunteering many hours of her time over and above regular school hours, Carol provides teacher training in the use of robotics in the classroom and as part of her robotics club. She runs weekly Code Club groups after school for Years 4-6.

In 2017 and 2018, she successfully assisted her school to bring the international robotics competition First Lego League to Gladstone and was the head referee in the Robot Games section.

Carol works with local industry groups such as Queensland Alumina Limited and Rio Tinto Yarwun to link STEM professionals as mentors with students. She is recognised as a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy Digital Capitol Champion and has delivered professional development on EV3 design and programming to other teachers. This program allows students to design, build and program robots to bring real-world scenarios to life.

Carol’s activities:

  • Weekly after- school coding clubs for students covering topics on robot design and programming. These clubs have entered events such as the Gladstone Robotics Competition, the Premier’s Coding Competition, the Central Queensland Junior Robotics Competition in Rockhampton and the First Lego League tournament.
  • Coordination of workshops to mentor students in STEM and develop STEM challenges with local industry professionals, cultivating and advancing links between industry and local cluster schools to the benefit of multiple organisations.
  • Facilitating and contributing to annual events including Lego Mindstorm Robotics (part of the Gladstone Robotics Competition for which Carol is a referee) and the Gladstone Regional First Lego League.


Carol is nominated by Clinton State School

Bringing coding, robotics and STEM to the classroom

Located in Gladstone.

Carol Devney is a primary school teacher with a passion and commitment to bringing coding, robotics and STEM practices to the classroom and to her broader school community. She leveraged her teaching role as Digital Technologies Specialist Teacher at Gladstone Central State School to bring robotics to her town by being part of the Gladstone STEM Cluster. As one of the cluster leaders, Carol has helped coordinate two Gladstone Robotics Competitions for students.

Volunteering many hours of her time over and above regular school hours, Carol provides teacher training in the use of robotics in the classroom and as part of her robotics club. She runs weekly Code Club groups after school for Years 4-6.

In 2017 and 2018, she successfully assisted her school to bring the international robotics competition First Lego League to Gladstone and was the head referee in the Robot Games section.

Carol works with local industry groups such as Queensland Alumina Limited and Rio Tinto Yarwun to link STEM professionals as mentors with students. She is recognised as a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy Digital Capitol Champion and has delivered professional development on EV3 design and programming to other teachers. This program allows students to design, build and program robots to bring real-world scenarios to life.

Carol’s activities:

  • Weekly after- school coding clubs for students covering topics on robot design and programming. These clubs have entered events such as the Gladstone Robotics Competition, the Premier’s Coding Competition, the Central Queensland Junior Robotics Competition in Rockhampton and the First Lego League tournament.
  • Coordination of workshops to mentor students in STEM and develop STEM challenges with local industry professionals, cultivating and advancing links between industry and local cluster schools to the benefit of multiple organisations.
  • Facilitating and contributing to annual events including Lego Mindstorm Robotics (part of the Gladstone Robotics Competition for which Carol is a referee) and the Gladstone Regional First Lego League.


Carol is nominated by Clinton State School