Graeme Breen - Round 2, 2016 Champion

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Graeme Breen

Upgrading digital skills through training

Graeme Breen is head of the Coding and Innovation Hub and STEM activities at Mountain Creek State High School and an exceptional educator. He willingly shares his expertise with colleagues and young people in his Sunshine Coast community.

Graeme goes beyond his school responsibilities to foster innovation and develop digital skills. As part of a global movement powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Graeme initiated and ran a Startup Weekend for Youth on the Sunshine Coast in 2015 (the first of its kind in the Oceania region) to encourage teens to think about creative business ideas and put them into practice. Led by Graeme, the expanded event will run again in 2016.

Graeme, through the Coding and Innovation Hub, partnered with Sunshine Coast Council, Telstra and Spark Bureau to initiate and run the Sunshine Coast Council Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards for 2016.

He set up the Coding and Innovation Hub (http://www.codinginnovationhub.com/) at his school, with strong industry support and involvement. It provides opportunities for teachers in the region, both primary and secondary, to upgrade their skills in digital technologies. Since 2014, Graeme has provided training for more than 250 teachers.

He has also introduced a dedicated makerspace room in the Hub precinct to support young creative minds in the use of digital and design technologies.

Graeme's other activities and achievements include:

  • providing training positions for Sunshine Coast library staff at the Digital Technologies Skills Expo
  • introducing a STEM Academy program of excellence
  • being awarded a Google Experience Day, based on his work engaging girls in IT, running IT extension programs for gifted primary students and upgrading staff skills at Mountain Creek State High School.

As a digital champ, Graeme will:

  • organise the 2016 Startup Weekend for Youth, expanded from last year
  • deliver three Skills Expos to train Sunshine Coast primary school teachers in digital technologies to manage new subject areas
  • deliver 3 workshops for secondary teachers in specialist areas
  • roll out Lean Startup training to 24 Sunshine Coast teachers
  • hold a Robotics Day for 50 teams over the course of weekend
  • work with industry partners to develop opportunities for students to experience Lean Startup methodology.

Graeme is nominated by: Mountain Creek State High School

Graeme Breen

Upgrading digital skills through training

Graeme Breen is head of the Coding and Innovation Hub and STEM activities at Mountain Creek State High School and an exceptional educator. He willingly shares his expertise with colleagues and young people in his Sunshine Coast community.

Graeme goes beyond his school responsibilities to foster innovation and develop digital skills. As part of a global movement powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Graeme initiated and ran a Startup Weekend for Youth on the Sunshine Coast in 2015 (the first of its kind in the Oceania region) to encourage teens to think about creative business ideas and put them into practice. Led by Graeme, the expanded event will run again in 2016.

Graeme, through the Coding and Innovation Hub, partnered with Sunshine Coast Council, Telstra and Spark Bureau to initiate and run the Sunshine Coast Council Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards for 2016.

He set up the Coding and Innovation Hub (http://www.codinginnovationhub.com/) at his school, with strong industry support and involvement. It provides opportunities for teachers in the region, both primary and secondary, to upgrade their skills in digital technologies. Since 2014, Graeme has provided training for more than 250 teachers.

He has also introduced a dedicated makerspace room in the Hub precinct to support young creative minds in the use of digital and design technologies.

Graeme's other activities and achievements include:

  • providing training positions for Sunshine Coast library staff at the Digital Technologies Skills Expo
  • introducing a STEM Academy program of excellence
  • being awarded a Google Experience Day, based on his work engaging girls in IT, running IT extension programs for gifted primary students and upgrading staff skills at Mountain Creek State High School.

As a digital champ, Graeme will:

  • organise the 2016 Startup Weekend for Youth, expanded from last year
  • deliver three Skills Expos to train Sunshine Coast primary school teachers in digital technologies to manage new subject areas
  • deliver 3 workshops for secondary teachers in specialist areas
  • roll out Lean Startup training to 24 Sunshine Coast teachers
  • hold a Robotics Day for 50 teams over the course of weekend
  • work with industry partners to develop opportunities for students to experience Lean Startup methodology.

Graeme is nominated by: Mountain Creek State High School