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Here at PIEX, we are incredibly passionate about introducing the next generation of lifelong learners to the wondrous and impactful world of modern technology. Our programs allow children to learn through play and children use their creativity while developing their physical, cognitive and emotional strengths. We aim to foster knowledge, skills and capacities and develop integrated strategies for critical and creative thinking. We encourage children to persevere through challenges that extend beyond their normal capabilities.
liling-ong

Our Founder

Liling has always had a passion for the learning and development of kids. She knew that she wanted to work with kids at a very young age. Initially, she spent almost four years in the finance industry working as a financial adviser. The turning point of her life came in December 2015 when she visited and spent her Christmas with the orphans in Cambodia. The event rekindled her love for kids and the desire to have a positive impact on children’s life. She left her finance career in February 2016 and started to pursue her passion. To further equip herself to work with the children, she completed a Master of Education at UTS. Over the years, she and her team collaborated with teachers, principals, lecturers and students to design and develop a unique, CROSS-CURRICULAR STEAM education program under PIEX Education. The programs were implemented in primary schools in Australia with positive feedback from children and parents alike. She wishes to use her knowledge to help develop both coaches and children as aspiring and successful future leaders.

Our Team

Our qualified and passionate team are here to guide your children into the future using creative and interactive teaching practices.
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Liling Ong

Founder

Liling has always had a passion for learning and development of kids. She knew that she wanted to work with kids at a very young age. However, she was influenced by her parents, spent much of her early career and education in business and finance, working as a financial adviser. The turning point of her life came in December 2015 when she visited and spent her Christmas with the orphans in Cambodia. The event rekindled her love for kids and the desire to have a positive impact in children’s life. She left her well paid finance career in February 2016 and started to pursue her passion. Today, she runs PIEX Education full time while looking to pursuing her PhD soon. She completed her Master in Education (Learning and Leadership) UTS in June 2020. She wishes to use her knowledge to help develop both coaches and children as aspiring and successful future leaders.

Dr. Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen

Adviser

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen received her PhD from School of Education, Macquarie University. Bronwen presents ‘creativity’ workshops at several international and national conferences around the world since 2009. In 2015, she presented workshops in Portugal, Madrid and at London University. 2016, Bronwen is invited to present at British Columbia University, Vancouver and ULAC. Bronwen’s PhD research (2010-2015) is in Visual and Creative Arts Education, School of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney. Bronwen is currently a Research Fellow in Science education where she is evaluating the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) examining the retention and aspirations of low socio-economic students particularly, Indigenous youth.

Vincent Lim

Adviser

Vincent Lim Vincent Lim is a lawyer and fund manager in Sydney. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and he has been a Fellow of FINSIA since 2002. Vincent believes that good education is a key and important contributor to a child’s development, progress and success. He also believes that the foundation for a child’s successful and brilliant future ought to be laid as early as possible in life. Whilst each child may have his or her own preferred activities, the common theme in all of the fun, exciting and affordable programs offered by PIEX is learning and progressing through sharing, collaboration and teamwork.

Gavin

Adviser

My name is Gavin McCormack. I’m currently the principal at Farmhouse Montessori School in Sydney. I am passionate about teaching and pedagogy. I have taught for over 20 years in several countries across the world. Born in England, I moved to France, Spain, Korea and Australia,, where i taught for 10 years in an Islamic school before training as a Montessori teacher where i have worked for the past 6 years. Over my years as a teacher i have hundreds of teacher training workshops in school across the globe including the U.K. France Australia, India and Nepal. I am an advocate for innovative education practices and believe strongly in development of essential skills in our students from an early age.

Annie Agnew

Adviser

I completed my initial teacher education in Hawaii and California, upgrading to a BEd in 1990 at ACU (Canberra) after returning to Australia. For a number of years, I taught in primary education in Canberra and middle school Sydney. In the years that followed, I was responsible for the development of technologies in learning, pedagogical practice and leadership at leading schools in Sydney and Canberra, K-12. In 2006, I worked for Apple, managing the Apple Distinguished educator program across Australia and New Zealand. Between leaving Apple and 2016, I held positions of leadership such as assistant Principal, Relieving Principal and Head of Diverse Learning, Literacy and Numeracy in several Sydney schools, across the Catholic and NSW Department of education sectors. I finished my Master of education (Research) and PhD at UTS in 2017 and 2020 respectively. My Phd research is about the way in which mobile technologies are being experienced by pre-adolescents.

Tan Teong Boon

Adviser

Teong Boon Tan is a veteran in field of system and software development and business with over 25 years of experience in New Zealand, China, Japan, India, Malaysia and most parts of Asia. He provides advice on matters related to IT and system development to PIEX.

Petra Warr

Coach

Petra is currently completing her Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) degree at UNSW Art & Design, with her focus being on 2D character animation. Her goal is to use her skills as an artist to tell stories with diverse perspectives in a way that is uplifting, supportive and informative. With PIEX, she enjoys supporting children as they learn how to use different programs to creatively express different ideas, such as through coding interactive narratives and 3D modelling.

Kien Nguyen

Coach

Good day everyone, my name is Kien (or you can call me Joseph). I’m currently studying second year Mechatronic Engineering at UTS and I’m into many different technical stuffs, from designing and making robots to programming and hand-crafting things. It has been a great pleasure to work with PIEX, as we have a relaxing working environment where everyone is friendly and help each other. I could improve my interpersonal skills and confidence a lot from the experience gathered here. A valuable opportunity!

Belinda Tjhin

Coach

Belinda is currently completing her Bachelor of Information Technology at UTS with a focus on programming. Having been interested in technology from a very early age, she has always loved learning more about the subject. She wishes to impart the same aspirations for the younger generation by providing positive and engaging learning experiences. With PIEX, she enjoys sharing her passion for technology to the students and supporting their journeys through Scratch and 3D games.

Isaac Velayo

Coach

I am studying Bachelor of Computer Science and have loved learning and teaching things to others. I personally started coding in game development and since then have continued to practice and further improve my skills. To tutor and to inspire kids in creating their own games is a joy of mine. I wish to give them the same oppurtunity as I had once been given and lay a base of not just programming but the ability to make what they want.

Sam Nairn

Coach

Sam is completing his Master of Media Practice and Industry at the University of Technology Sydney. He has been teaching at PIEX for over 4 years now and is passionate about all aspects of game development; from designing captivating levels, to programming the inner mechanics of games. With PIEX, Sam is able to introduce the younger generation to the art of game making, and is very eager to help create an interest in this new and captivating field.

Samuel Lovell

Coach

Sam is currently studying at AIT for a bachelor in game design and is creating his own games for a variety of audiences. With PIEX he enjoys helping kids unlock their artistic and programming abilities in the realm of game development and exploring the new ways in how to create art by using computer technology

Paige Lester

Coach

I am currently studying for a bachelor of 2D animation at AIT which will be finished at the end of 2025. I finished highschool in 2022 as well as a cert 3 in business administration from tafe. I was always passionate about working with kids, wanting to be a positive role model and encourage kids to pursue their interests. I hope at PIEX I can do that, to show kids you can follow your passions and not let others make them question themselves.

Arjav Malla

Coach

Arjav is a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation) student at JMC Acadamy, where he focuses on CG Art and 3D animation. He has already graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours). He puts great value in the concept of lifelong learning and the importance of beginning as early as possible. He want to pass on the knowledge and skills he has acquired to future generations, to give them a head start in a constantly evolving world that is run by technology.

PLAY

Our program allows children to learn through play and children use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional strengths. Play is important to healthy brain development.

INNOVATE

PIEX fosters knowledge, skills and capacities and develops integrated strategies towards critical and creative thinking. Coding for kids is like a supplement to boost their problem solving skills. As a result, honing their thinking to come up with innovative solutions.

EDUCATE

Educate At PIEX, we foster the next generation of lifelong learners who are knowledgeable, have strength of character, sense of community and drive to impact the contemporary world.

EXCEL

We encourage children to persevere through challenges that extend beyond their normal capabilities. Above all, meeting uncertainty with confidence, curiosity, and excitement to try new things.

Testimonials

Jessica Nguyen

“Working as a Lead Educator for PIEX Education that taught S.T.E.A.M to primary-aged children through a play-based learning experience was the start of my love for education in a fun and innovative environment. The emphasis on mentorship within the team was truly inspiring. I witnessed first-hand how dedicated educators were and the fostering of a culture of continuous learning and growth. This commitment to professional development allowed me to innovate constantly, creating dynamic and engaging learning experiences for our young learners. It was a privilege to be part of a team that valued mentorship, innovation, and ongoing professional growth.”

Jessica Nguyen
Gordon Chen

“My approach to personal development has been influenced by PIEX and their exceptional mentoring I received. Their dedicated guidance and inclusive approach not only empowered me with invaluable skills, paving way for my first job as software engineer, but also helped me make a positive impact on the lives of disabled intellectuals which I’m passionate about.”

Gordon Chen
Reece Williams

“Working for PIEX has been the most eye-opening experience in my career, being an educator showed me what it’s like being on the other side of the classroom and let me refine my communication skills. There were opportunities for me to grow my skills in education and software development, and the team was very supportive. I’ve seen Liling make huge efforts to help other coaches too, and the opportunities are open to anyone.”

Reece Williams
Aaron Hamilton-Gold

“At PIEX, I had the incredible opportunity to inspire and educate primary school-aged children in the exciting world of coding, animation, and science. PIEX's commitment to fostering a nurturing and inclusive learning environment is truly commendable. I've witnessed first-hand the transformative power of STEAM education on young minds, watching them develop into confident problem solvers and creative thinkers. The teamwork and support at PIEX are exceptional, making it a fantastic place to work and learn. I'm proud to have been a part of the PIEX team and contribute to the future of these budding scientists and technologists.”

Aaron Hamilton-Gold
Tiffany Ho

“Working at PIEX for a year has been an enriching journey. Starting as an animator, Liling's encouragement led me to realise my passion for coding, coaching and inspiring young minds in STEAM education. Not only am I imparting knowledge to students, I also find myself learning something new each day through this incredible experience. This journey of growth and knowledge is truly unparalleled.”

Tiffany Ho
Payal Mishra

“Liling is the seasoned business leader and educator. She brings with her vast experience in managing teams, working with clients and leading coding programs. Liling has an eye for detail and has the distinct ability of solving micro and macro challenges in establishing her business which is her passion as well , for which she has also received ‘ Migrant Leadership Award.’ During the past years we have worked together , I’ve watched her constantly look for new challenges to tackle and constant improvement to bring innovative ideas in her coding programs. For any company or team that needs a proven client partner with a get it done with a smile approach , Liling is the lady . I wish her all the best.”

Payal Mishra
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