Lee Brentzell - Round 3, 2016 Champion

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A parent making pathways for digital education in schools

Lee Brentzell is an engineer, parent and STEM ambassador, supporting children to explore the fascinating, challenging and rewarding areas of digital technologies.

As a volunteer for Bulimba State School’s P&C Association, she is inspiring and leading others within the school and local community to deliver technology, coding and robotics courses to students. She quickly realised it was just as important to bring the parents and teachers along in the exciting digital journey as well as the children and has instigated professional development opportunities for teachers and provided educational resources to parents to enable them to learn alongside their children.

Lee has established a successful coding and technology program in a cluster of seven Brisbane schools. The ‘MicroMakers’ program is a six-week introductory course for Year 4 and 5 students and due to its success it was quickly followed by an intermediate course to extend the students which included a hackathon and inspirational mentors from industry and the parent community.

Due to the momentum created by this coding course, the school librarian started a lunchtime CodeClub and has waitlists of students wanting to attend. She also mentored a group of five students to compete in the ‘TechGirls are Superheroes’ competition where they created an App in the form of a game to educate children on making better environmentally choices every day that will reduce their impact on the local environment.

Some of the ways Lee is helping kids and their parents to become tech-ready include:

  • establishing a working group consisting of school principals, local business leaders and her local MP to identify community needs and opportunities that will increase digital technology take up in her local area
  • running parent information sessions about coding, technology, cyber-safety and how to access useful resources
  • sharing her experience of creating a successful school STEM program with teachers, principals and educators from other schools
  • sourcing opportunities for her school to build on their technology education program.

As a digital champ, Lee will continue to put her energy into technology education by:

  • developing a new ‘Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow’ program for Bulimba State School in 2017
  • continuing to offer the ‘Micromakers I and II’, robotics, and 3D Design courses as extracurricular activities until they are fully incorporated into the school curriculum.

Lee is nominated by: Ms Di Farmer MP


A parent making pathways for digital education in schools

Lee Brentzell is an engineer, parent and STEM ambassador, supporting children to explore the fascinating, challenging and rewarding areas of digital technologies.

As a volunteer for Bulimba State School’s P&C Association, she is inspiring and leading others within the school and local community to deliver technology, coding and robotics courses to students. She quickly realised it was just as important to bring the parents and teachers along in the exciting digital journey as well as the children and has instigated professional development opportunities for teachers and provided educational resources to parents to enable them to learn alongside their children.

Lee has established a successful coding and technology program in a cluster of seven Brisbane schools. The ‘MicroMakers’ program is a six-week introductory course for Year 4 and 5 students and due to its success it was quickly followed by an intermediate course to extend the students which included a hackathon and inspirational mentors from industry and the parent community.

Due to the momentum created by this coding course, the school librarian started a lunchtime CodeClub and has waitlists of students wanting to attend. She also mentored a group of five students to compete in the ‘TechGirls are Superheroes’ competition where they created an App in the form of a game to educate children on making better environmentally choices every day that will reduce their impact on the local environment.

Some of the ways Lee is helping kids and their parents to become tech-ready include:

  • establishing a working group consisting of school principals, local business leaders and her local MP to identify community needs and opportunities that will increase digital technology take up in her local area
  • running parent information sessions about coding, technology, cyber-safety and how to access useful resources
  • sharing her experience of creating a successful school STEM program with teachers, principals and educators from other schools
  • sourcing opportunities for her school to build on their technology education program.

As a digital champ, Lee will continue to put her energy into technology education by:

  • developing a new ‘Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow’ program for Bulimba State School in 2017
  • continuing to offer the ‘Micromakers I and II’, robotics, and 3D Design courses as extracurricular activities until they are fully incorporated into the school curriculum.

Lee is nominated by: Ms Di Farmer MP