Julian Dinsdale & John Phillips


John Phillips is a systems engineer with extensive international telecommunications project and employee relations experience. He retired from Telstra in 2000 after three years as GM, Organisation Development. He is currently Manager Education Projects for The Warren Centre, and recently co-founded SLAM Education in Newcastle offering after-school, vacation, and professional STEM learning (and much more) to Primary children and their teachers.

John was promoting STEM well before it entered mainstream consciousness, and is now actively supporting only those projects and initiatives which are sustainable over the long term, and raise average STEM literacy.

Julian Dinsdale has a solid background in operating technology companies and raised significant funds for investments in the private and public equity markets in Australia, UK, Europe and USA.

He was also a founder of the Australian Institute of Advanced Learning that has provided advanced learning techniques into schools, institutions, police, insurance industry, armed forces and company boards.

Julian, like John, wants to raise average STEM literacy across Australia – not just improve it in areas of high relative social advantage. For both Julian and John, this means concentrating on the Primary sector.


The Australian Kookaberry

Target Audience – Late Primary/Early Secondary
Introduction to the Kookaberry – a revolutionary late-Primary open source microcontroller learning platform that connects classroom learning to the real and physical world without requiring prior coding experience or access to the internet.

Designed and made in Australia and compatible with both the micro:bit and Arduino, the Kookaberry is anticipated to be delivered free to all Year 5 classrooms across Australia in 2019.

Currently being distributed in limited numbers in Secondary/Primary school clusters to test durability and develop applications.