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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.

Abby Hodges (Manager)

Bsc Biological Anthropology, Grad Cert. Gender Studies, Master of Science Communication (Outreach)

Abby stumbled upon her passion for Science Education after struggling with traditional science subjects. 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. Since then she has worked in Astronomy and Engineering education.

Abby is interested in how science is performed and by whom. She hopes to inspire people of all races, genders, ages, abilities and postcodes into science, so they in turn, will create science for people like them.

 

Gabrielle Tiernan (Manager)

BSc 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, 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.

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.

Mufeeza Fazal (Presenter)

Bsc Forensic Science

Mufeeza has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Forensic Science. She loved her time working in labs and learning all the nitty-gritty aspects of forensics. Her past work in customer service has inspired her to take on teaching and share what she loves with the younger generations.

Millie Tarca (Presenter)

Bachelor of Forensic and Analytical Science (First Class Honours)

Millie is a forensic biology graduate who recently completed her studies in Adelaide. She has studied the latest forensic analysis techniques and has presented her novel research to her University peers. A background of teaching and presenting during her studies has allowed her to develop a passion for sharing knowledge about science with others. Millie loves to ignite wonder in students through her teaching, and always enjoys answering questions.

Aymeric Pinon (Presenter)

Master of Engineering (Chemistry; Bioindustry)

Aymeric (I-Mer-ick) is a Belgian Bioengineer specializing in biomolecular and cellular engineering. On top of his fascinating scientific background, he has almost a decade of experience working with children. During this time he has honed his communication and teaching skills, as well as gained an understanding of how best to relate to students. Aymeric has always felt motivated to share his passion for science and he is now committed to help the next generation of women and men become more interested in the STEM field; which nowadays, is more important than ever. He is excited to introduce students to some novel areas of science, leaving curious and excited faces behind him!

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