Associate professor and principal
Australian Science and Mathematics School (Bedford Park, SA)
Susan Hyde has been principal of the Australian Science and Mathematics School for seven years, leading the innovation of the school into the 21st century. In 2013, she oversaw a restructure of its curriculum, which was the catalyst for the development of a truly interdisciplinary curriculum. Working with a design engineer, Hyde led the creation of the ‘Ideation Space’. It is used by students for activities required by the curriculum and for their own projects, and it includes 3D printers, a laser cutter and small hand tools. It’s a non-teaching space, so students are required to work out their ideas for themselves. Currently, the school is working with Workforce BluePrint to explore careers beginning to emerge which, Hyde says, will be the destination of the school’s students.