An inspiring opportunity to learn from the limits of human endeavour

Weaving together ancient Aboriginal wisdom with cutting-edge space science and technology.

“This was exactly what I experienced in space: immense gratitude for the opportunity to see Earth from this vantage, and for the gift of the planet we’ve been given.”

~Ron Garan, The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles

STEAM Dreaming is a community festival using science and space technology to inspire and engage kids, families, teachers & schools, and local businesses.

With it’s glorious steampunk Dark Emu among the stars, STEAM Dreaming incorporates indigenous Australian astronomy, ecology and environmental sustainability, and explores how ancient wisdom is paving the way for Australia’s space-age future.

Launching in Armidale on the 22nd February 2020, we have set a goal of sending 48 local kids, plus parents and teachers, to Space Camp USA in September 2020. Our vision in not just to excite students to pursue careers in science and technology, but show them that the sky is the limit – that they are capable of greatness in leadership, creative problem-solving, lateral thinking, team building and resilience.

Our second vision is to inspire local businesses to using sustainability strategies, become Carbon Neutral and ultimately become the first carbon neutral CBD in Australia. Working alongside council’s and UNE’s zero30 strategy.

With collaborations from the University of New England, Oorala Aboriginal Centre, and Coder Academy, collaborations and direction from our local Elders and Indigenous Australian academic community, support from the Armidale Regional Council, hosted by Australia’s first Carbon Neutral accommodation provider, the Comfort Inn City Centre Armidale, and powered by One Giant Leap Australia, STEAM Dreaming will become an annual destination event for the region, keeping Armidale at the forefront of education and innovation, even as we send our kids out to reach for the stars.

There will be two spaces on the day, both at the Old Teachers College, CB Newling building. The first will featuring the STEAM Dreaming conference program. The second space will be designed to entertain and inspire children. With workshops from Coder Academy and Destination Imagination your children will leave feeling inspired and connected.

STEAM Dreaming will support us rising to the challenge of creating a way of life on Earth that is exciting, adventurous, rewarding and sustainable for generations to come.

“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Perserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.” ~ Adlai Stevenson

Purchase Tickets to the 2020 STEAM Dreaming Event here!

Early Bird – available before 31st Jan 2020

Destination Imagination Kids Day (7-12 years): $16.50 each

STEAM Dreaming Conference Tickets: $96.80 each

General Admission – available before 22nd Feb 2020

STEAM Dreaming Conference: $133.10 each

Destination Imagination Kids Day (7-12 years): $27.50 each

Tyson Yunkaporta & Veronica Perrurle Dobson – Sandtalks – $68.50 each