Accessible STEM – Special Interests and Messy Robots

In this one day hands-on workshop participants will explore ways that they can make STEM teaching and learning activities accessible as well as the gaming options for students who require alternate access options.


  • Friday, 17 August, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE18BTU

Course Information

Playing music with bananas, tracking the water content of soil with coding experiences, building robots that blow bubbles, creating art with self-driving balls, using Lego to tell stories in completely new ways – welcome to an exciting world of creativity and technology and, most importantly, accessibility. Craig Smith is an educator who has worked across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China and South Africa on forward thinking learning experiences that reach all learners, and he can’t wait to work with you in developing the best educational opportunities for your students.

In this fun filled, hands on one-day workshop, participants will learn how to utilise the special interests of your students as a launchpad to dive into highly personalised and engaging experiences guided by the latest technologies. Craig will provide the latest educational research, learning templates and a fun world of resources, including accessible musical instruments, iPad workflows, LittleBits circuits, Lego robotics, makerspace resources, video games and more, to help you create your own innovative and accessible learning experiences that all learners can benefit from.







Completing Accessible STEM - Special Interests and Messy Robots will contribute 7 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2 and 1.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


  • Craig Smith
    Craig Smith has worked for Autism Spectrum Australia for the past twelve years as classroom teacher, outreach consultant and school coordinator. He is the recipient of the Elizabeth Hoyles Research Fellowship, has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and has been featured on The Educator magazine ‘Hot List’ of innovative educators for two consecutive years. Craig frequently works with families, schools and education systems across the world, including working with the United Nations in Shanghai, the education ministry in Singapore, and providing special education masterclasses to South Africa and New Zealand. He is the author of a number of free online educational textbooks and courses including the popular ‘Minecraft in your Classroom’, ‘Explore Everything with Pokemon Go’, and ‘The iPad Model Classroom’. You can connect with Craig on Twitter - @wrenasmir



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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