QS Reimagine Education Awards: Cultivating Curiosity with TapeBlocks

Kirsten Ellis holding TapeBlocks

Dr Kirsten Ellis, Superstar of STEM and Monash Faculty of Information Technology academic, has been shortlisted for the QS Reimagine Education Cultivating Curiosity Award thanks to her TapeBlocks project.

Held in London from Sunday 8 to Tuesday 10 December, Reimagine Education is a global conference and competition that recognises people who are transforming education. The conference gathers edtech startups, academics from top universities, chief innovation officers, university leaders, teachers and other stakeholders who are shaping the future of teaching and learning.

In her nominated project, Dr Ellis explored ways that people with diverse abilities can meaningfully interact with a selection of maker activities. TapeBlocks are creative, engaging tools for everyone to make circuits – including those with limited fine motor skills. Using blocks, conductive tape and electronic components, including LEDs and vibration motors, makes the task adaptable to different levels of experience.

Receiving over 1,500 applications - a 30 per cent increase on 2018 - from innovators in 39 countries, this year’s awards process was the most competitive yet. With only 15 per cent of candidates shortlisted, Dr Ellis’ position is a testament to the excellence of her work.

At the 2019 Reimagine Education Conference, the shortlisted applicants showcased their pioneering work to a global audience of 600 educational leaders.

Often known as the ‘Oscars of Education’, the Reimagine Education program, rewards innovative approaches to enhancing student learning and employability by offering $50,000 to winners.

Well done to everyone involved.