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At Education Interactive we are passionate about engaging all students in science and encouraging the uptake of STEM subjects in later school years.

Our forensic science workshops have been loved by schools and students across Australia, the UK and Ireland. Our maiden workshop, A Case of Identity first toured Australia in 2005 and commenced touring the UK and Ireland in 2006. During the development of these programs, Education Interactive worked closely with the Centres for Forensic Science at UTS, Australia and University of Strathclyde, Scotland to ensure the scientific accuracy of the content.

We pride ourselves on the feedback we receive from the schools we visit, here is an overview of what schools said about us in 2020:

– 70% of schools rebooked for this year.

– 100% of schools said they would recommend our programme to others.

– 97% overall Satisfaction Rating.

 

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Richard Forrest (Founder)

BSc Biochemistry, Master of Science in Forensic Science

Richard completed his MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. In 2004 Richard decided to design a forensic science program that would bring real world science into the classroom and from this idea, Education Interactive was born. He wanted to show students the real-world applications of the science they were learning in the classroom in an engaging manner. This idea has now grown into an international success with Education Interactive touring Australia, the UK, and Ireland.

Dr Kate Harvey (Manager)

Bsc Forensic Biology (Hons) First Class in Biomedical Science, PhD in Microbiology, AFHEA

Kate’s background is in Forensic Biology and Microbiology. Kate enjoys teaching and communicating science which has led her to present at international conferences, and receive international recognition for her teaching contributions, being awarded as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). She has a passion for exploring the world, igniting curiosity in students, improving the learning experiences of students in science, and sharing her passion for science with others.

Bronte Black (Manager)

Bsc Neuroscience, First Class Grad Dip in Neuroscience, Master of Science Communication (Outreach)

Bronte is passionate about science and loves sharing her passion with others. She has worked with a diverse range of audiences from pre-school to high school students as she travelled around regional and remote Australia for her Master degree at the Australian National University. She is excited to bring hands-on science investigation in schools with Education Interactive and hopes to and encourage creative thinking in science.

Ragavi Ragavan (Presenter)

Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry

Ragavi is a Forensic Chemist and she has been working in Education over the last 9 years for high school, primary school and university students.

She hopes to inspire more leaders of Science and Math in the world through the practical applications of Forensic Science.

“My aim with every student is to flip their view of science by 180 degrees. Science is about being creative and being bold, being logical yet able to think outside the box.”

Mary Collins (Presenter)

Bachelor of Arts, Dip Ed. English & Drama

Mary is a professional Educator with over 30 years’ experience as a Teacher, Trainer & Facilitator in a variety of Educational sectors and is a passionate advocate for learning; she loves seeing young people thrive and develop new skills.

Prior to joining Education Interactive, Mary established her own Registered Training Organisation where she designed & delivered many customised training programs to meet specific needs of students of all ages and abilities.

Mary is motivated by her desire to inspire young minds to explore new ways of thinking, by injecting a great blend of thought-provoking educational (scientific) material with a serious dose of humour in all of her workshops.

Nacho Rubio (Presenter)

Bachelor of Media Studies, Masters of English Teaching

Nacho is originally from Spain where he studied Translation and Interpretation, Education and Media Studies. His passion for education and science has seen him involved in different experiences in communication, management and teaching in higher education and international environments. Working for Education Interactive for the past year, Nacho loves the interaction with students of all ages as a unique opportunity to promote learning, critical thinking and an interest in science and higher education

Gabrielle Tiernan (Presenter)

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Gabrielle’s background is in Microbiology, completing a Bachelor of Science in 2020, and she has a colourful working background featuring time spent working in the funeral industry, and as an instrumental teacher.

She has a passion for science communication and education, and hopes to develop students interest in science at a school level.

She believes that studying science develops some of the best tools for critical thinking, creativity and problem solving, and hopes to share these strengths with students.

Jamie-Lee Thompson (Presenter)

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons I)

Jamie-Lee is a Molecular Biologist with over 5 years’ experience in tertiary education. She has worked in Forensic Science research and presented her work at national and international conferences. Jamie-Lee’s passion for science communication has led to her involvement in multiple science outreach programs that have targeted participants of all ages. Her favourite part of teaching is seeing the excitement on students’ faces when they learn something new.

Bryan Crosby (Presenter)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Physics (Hons), PhD in Physics

After graduating with a PhD on superconductivity, Bryan worked in research in universities for 15 years. His researched focused on making and measuring polymers and composite materials. This included measuring the properties of polymer melts and modelling their flow. Following this, he worked for 17 years in commercial organisations making high tech instruments which used radiation to probe minerals in ore and electronics to listen to noise in the environment. Bryan’s career has taught him that understanding measurement and knowing how accurate your measurements are is critical to knowing what you really know.

For the last 4 years Bryan has moved into the education space where he has enjoyed helping people understand science and technology topics, presenting science incursions to students at schools and even making robots!

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