Associate Professor Christina Chalmers
Dr Chris Chalmers’ research focusses on group metacognition, computational thinking, digital pedagogies, and robotics-based STEM education. Her work in the Centre will contribute to the Educated Child program, focusing on active learning and play in digital worlds. Chris will also coordinate collaborations with researchers, children, industry partners, and parents and caregivers at the Centre’s Children’s Technology Space at QUT. With a passion for equity and outreach, Chris hopes her work in the Centre will make a difference to the aspirations of school students from low-SES and regional/remote areas.
Chris is project leader of the Robotics@QUT program, working with teachers from over 50 schools in low-SES and regional areas to build their capacity to teach robotics-based STEM activities, for which she received a Peter Doherty Award for excellence in STEM education partnership (2016). In 2017, Chris also received the Australian Computer Society Digital Disruptors Award for her work on the Humanoid Robot Research Project. Chris has published in top international journals on the pre-service education of mathematics teachers, computational and systems thinking, and on robotics-mediated learning of STEM ‘big ideas’.
Earliest digital memory
In Grade 12 when the school purchased one computer and then taught us one-by-one how to change the font colour. Luckily I didn’t switch off then!