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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.

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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.”

Petra Williams (Presenter)

Bachelor of Education
(Primary)

Petra is a former international teacher with a deep desire to get kids excited about the world around them through Science. With her professional presenting and storytelling skills, she pitches each session at the right level for the students to fully immerse themselves in the activities.

Petra’s excitement for what she does is transferred to the kids and by the end of the sessions, children want to do it all again.

Wanda Oram-Miles (Presenter)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Technology)

After working in Science and government fields over a long career Wanda is now looking to inspire young Australians to take up science. Wanda has represented Australia at international forums, and with qualifications in applied science, microbiology and pathology she has a wealth of experience to draw from.  Her exciting presentation style aims to be the catalyst to inspire students to a lifelong love of science.

Mark Stanley (Presenter)

Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Education

Mark is a qualified Educator and Program Creator. He brings over 20 years experience from the performing arts and educational sector and a wealth of knowledge from his time creating and presenting programs of human based change and learning.

Prior to joining Education Interactive, Mark was employed as a content creator and Primary School Facilitator delivering the Commonwealth Bank’s Financial Literacy Start Smart Program. He has also worked as the Entertainment Supervisor for SeaWorld Australia and as a Teacher/Actor for the R.S.P.C.A and the Playhouse England. He has a passion for education and creating catalytic moments that inspire students to grow.

Jeshka McConnell (Presenter)

BA, BSc, Master of Science Communication (Outreach)

Jeshka has recently joined the team after finding a passion for science outreach as part of the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Towards the end of her university career she realised her true passion was in health promotion, equity and public engagement rather than practicing medicine as a doctor. This led her to focus on all forms of science communication, hoping to engage diverse audiences in the weird and wonderful aspects of their lives and the world.

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