Meet our awesome STEAM Powered Kids Team. We are a group of passionate STEM advocates, who are in STEM professions and are working hard to provide high quality programs for students.

Nirasha Welikala
Founder and Facilitator

B.Eng Elec (Hons), MEM

Nirasha has over 19+ years’ experience in various engineering and technology companies, such as IBM, Tyco, Dyno Nobel, Lactalis and Schneider Electric. She has a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters, in Engineering Management. She also has a certificate IV in training and assessment. Her expertise are in , process improvement methodologies, industrial engineering, manufacturing, electronics and training. She has designed and developed several training programs for adults and children.

Sandra Murphy
Lead Educator

Grad Dip in Education

Sandra Murphy studied at Sydney University and University of Western Sydney to receive her Education degree to teach in Computing Studies, Information Technology, TAS (woodwork, Metal, textiles work and (3D printing in 2010)). She has taught VET certificates in Information Technology and IDMT (Digital Media) and has her certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has taught in schools in NSW and QLD both private and public school systems. Ms Murphy has been teaching Digital technology and STEM subjects for last 13 years. She has taught coding and robotics and is interesting in developing gaming design and development. She is a specialist teacher in the Education sector.

Heather Collins
STEM Educator
Tiah Hayler

Bachelor of Education (Student)

Heather has recently moved back from the U.S. where she was a qualified teacher and STEM specialist at a primary school in Denver, Colorado for five years. She enjoyed teaching her students about the Engineering Design Process, coding, green screens, and team-building through problem-solving and design. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Primary Education at Griffith University so she can be qualified to teach in Queensland. Before teaching in the traditional education setting, Heather taught in the outdoor education setting - backpacking, kayaking, ropes courses, rock-climbing, etc. Her hope is to facilitate growth and confidence in students through adventure, collaborative work, and leadership opportunities. She's excited about providing exposure to STEM topics and activities with STEAM Powered Kids.

Tiah is a Bachelor of Education student at Griffith University. She will be becoming a full-time primary school teacher, majoring in Special Education next year! She has a passion for student learning and understanding the importance of how all children learn differently


Ph.D, MSc 

Dr. Gazelle Taherzadeh received her PhD in Computational Biology (Bioinformatics) from school of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University, Australia. She received her bachelor’s degree in software engineering in 2010, and her MSc degree in artificial intelligence in 2013.