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ABOUT EDUCATION INTERACTIVE

Education Interactive is an Australian-owned company based in Sydney. Our workshops have been touring Australia, The UK & Ireland since 2005. In that time our forensic science shows have made more than 1,500 school visits and been seen by over 200,000 students

Meet the Education Interactive Team

Richard Forrest (MSc Forensic Science)

Founder

Richard completed a MSc in Forensic Science at University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 1983. In 2004 Richard decided to design a forensic science programme that would bring real world science into the classroom. A Case of Identity first toured Australia in 2005 and commenced touring UK & Ireland in 2006. A Case of Conspiracy was created and toured in 2009. During development of these programmes, Richard worked closely with the Centres for Forensic Science at UTS, Australia and University of Strathclyde, Scotland to ensure the scientific accuracy of the content. Further collaboration with High School Science Teachers from the respective countries to develop the Curriculum Relevance Statements ensures that the programmes are aligned with the current education standards.

Raphael Flavigny (PhD Environmental Engineering)

Manager & Presenter

Raphael is a recent addition to the team and has extensive experience in science communication. He has presented multiple outreach workshops throughout Western Australia travelling to remote Communities in the Gibson Desert. Raphael has worked with a wide variety of audiences from playgroups to Senior high schools.

Raphael moved from France to Perth (WA) in 2005 for his studies. While doing his studies he worked in science communication. He has grown very fond of asking as many questions as possible and challenging students to achieve their best. Raphael recently drove from Perth to Sydney, discovering along the way.

Nat Ferfoglia (BA in Communication, BA in Education SCU, Cert IV in Interactive Digital Media)

Presenter

Nat Ferfoglia aka Miss Nat is a passionate school teacher who aims to engage primary aged children to discover the fascinating world of science. Her teaching style guarantees to engage even the most reluctant students. Specialising in inquiry based learning, she has left the confines of the classroom to travel across the country with Education Interactive.

I am continually rewarded with the looks of awe and wonder when students gaze at themselves, for the very first time, from the eye of a digital microscope.

Georgiana (Gigi) Pinwill

Presenter

Gigi has worked extensively in childrens education as teacher, tutor, presenter and even performer. An experienced and trained actress, she combines expertise in presentation with a passion for enquiry, discovery and an open mind: all key to a scientific approach.

Gigi studied education at University of Southern Queensland and her special area of forensic science is document examination. Having thoroughly enjoyed science at school, she wishes to pass on the passion to others at a similar age.

In her spare time, she reads, writes and watches detective TV series.

Penelope Creagh (BSc (Hons) Biology/Genetics)

Presenter

Penny graduated from the Australian National University in 2015, with a Bachelor of Science with honours focused on the genetics of Alzheimers disease. Through tutoring high school students, Penny has discovered she loves watching her students get excited about science and learning. With hopes to teach biology in the future, she leapt at the opportunity to present with Education Interactive.

In her spare time, Penny loves to cook and eat at places she cannot afford, play volleyball, ski and travel.

Ben Latham (BA Mining Engineering)

Presenter

After completing a Bachelor degree In engineering Ben has begun work on his masters degree in education where he has found his real passion in seeing others grow by understanding new ideas and concepts. "Everyday on the job brings new questions from students that blow me away with their level of comprehension and understanding of the material being presented". "Coming from a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) background myself it is exciting to see so many young students with the passion to purse a career in this kind of field and seeing them get involved with something new, only opens the door for so many other possibilities".

Alison Leck (BA Communications)

Presenter

Alison is our most experienced presenter. Since 2012, she has led over 600 workshops in Australia, Ireland and UK. These workshops have been at all levels from primary school through to tertiary. She especially loves sparking & encouraging curiosity, getting students to think about the ‘what, when & how does it all fit together?

Alison holds a BA in Communication & for many years she conducted OH&S & presentation training workshops in the corporate sector. She has also led the winning team, in the Telstra e-business of the year award in 2002. After this, she toured most capital cities in Australia, as a motivational speaker for potential applicants. Alison has also been a volunteer First Aid Instructor with Red Cross for many years.

In her spare time, Alison loves to read, swim, walk, snorkel, kayak, snow ski & (obviously !!) travel

Christine, Fiona, Libby & Lin

Booking Agents

These lovely ladies are the ones who call your school to give you the information about our upcoming tours and to provide our front line customer service.

James Finger (BSc [Hons] Forensic Chemistry)

Designer

James graduated from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2004. He assisted with the formation of Education Interactive (EI) presenting the maiden tour across Australia.

He then joined the NSW Police Forensic Services Group where he took up the post of Scene of Crime Officer for the Hunter Valley Command for 2 years, before returning to EI to present in the UK & Ireland.

During James time at Education Interactive he presented and developed workshops and managed tours, programmes and presenters. Even though he has now returned to the NSW Police Forensic Services Group he will always be a member of the Education Interactive family.

Education Interactive provides educational science workshops based on Forensics to High Schools and Primary Schools across Australia, the UK & Ireland. Our incursions aim to encourage a love of and curiosity in science amongst students and show them how science plays an important role in the world outside the classroom. Our travelling presenters bring a real-to-life crime scene investigation to the schools, set up a series of forensic evidence experiments and lead the students through the case while they learn how chemistry, physics and biology can help to solve crimes.
As well as our incursions we also provide online teaching resources to help schools run their own experiments and make progress to objectives on the Australian National Curriculum. Our team is small but effective, with five agents in the office taking bookings and fielding question and our five enthusiastic presenters out on the road bringing the science fun to schools across all three countries. Our Forensic Science workshops bring classroom science to life and enhance the learning experience by allowing students to take on the role of the Forensic Scientist and solve real life crimes
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