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The Science Teachers' Association of Queensland is the professional association of teachers of science in Queensland. As a non-profit organisation we rely on funding from our membership, professional development conferences, and the generosity of sponsors in order to co-ordinate activities that support science education, teachers of science and students. Find out more about STAQ here.


Disney's Tomorrowland - win a double pass

We have ten double passes to be won to see Disney's Tomorrowland. It will be in cinemas, May 28. They are studio tickets, which means they are valid at all participating cinemas across Australia for the duration of the film's season on screen. To enter the competition, simply tell us what is your favourite science fiction movie/book and why. Enter here.

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National Youth Science Forum 2016

The National Youth Science Forum is currently taking applications from 11 year science students who are considering going on to study STEM areas at a tertiary level. Students who are interested now have three weeks to submit their Expression of Interest online - applications close 31 May 2015 for the January 2016 program.

Students who are achieving good marks, and have a broad range of interests are encouraged to apply for this national program that seeks to expose young people to the wide range of study and career options available to them if they continue their science studies. They can watch this video and get further information at www.nysf.edu.au


Japanese Science Teachers' Exchange

The ASTA-Japan Science Teachers Exchange allows up to four Australian Primary or Secondary science teachers to travel to Japan to observe Japanese science lessons, teach Japanese students (through an interpreter) and engage in discussions on science education with Japanese educators from a diverse range of schools.

Primary and Secondary teachers of science, irrespective of school sector, are encouraged to apply for the Exchange.

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Win a double pass to see Dr Neil de Grasse Tyson live in Brisbane

The world’s favourite astrophysicist, TV scientist, and author, Dr Neil de Grasse Tyson, has announced he will be touring Down Under to discuss all things outer space, in August 2015.

Dr Tyson’s talents and opinions have seen him give talks the world over. He is known for his ability to make difficult concepts accessible to every audience. Dr Tyson famously said: "One of my goals is to bring the universe down to Earth in a way that further excites the audience to want more."

Just fill in a short, 5-question survey to go into the draw. Winners will be drawn at the end of June. Details at http://asta.edu.au/awards/_neil_degrasse_tyson_live


Year 7 Science - Final webinar in series

The final webinar in our series of webinars on teaching Year 7 science content will be broadcast via OneChannel this afternoon. The STAQ office will not be staffed this afternoon, so if you have registered for the webinar and have any concerns, please email connect@staq.qld.edu.au or phone 0405 468 372.

Also, please note, you will need to have Java 7 installed on your computer. If you currently have Java 8, this will need to be uninstalled for Blackboard Collaborate to work.


Queensland Science Contest Handbook 2015 Available

The Queensland Science Contest is a competition for students to submit science projects for cash prizes. Registrations for student entries in the contest will be open until 9 October. Your students can get started on their projects now or it could be built into units of work for Term 2 or 3.

To read about all the categories and judging criteria, download the handbook.

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Peter Doherty Awards open for 2015

The Peter Doherty Awards in 2015 have expanded to be the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education recognise students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners (volunteers, mentors and organisations) who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

Nominations open on Monday, 20 April and close on 3 June 2015. Winners will be announced in National Science Week 2015.

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ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards now open

Communities all around Australia can now nominate outstanding teachers for the 2015 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).

ASG NEiTA awards give school communities, parents, grandparents and boards of management an opportunity to recognise and thank teachers for the crucial work they do and making a real difference in education. Nominated teachers, principals and centre directors have the chance of becoming the state and territory award recipients, with the national award recipients announced in March 2016.

The national award recipients will be presented with $5000 professional development grants, helping them to pursue further studies, embark on international study tours and one teacher also gets the opportunity to attend International Space Camp at the U.S Space and Rocket Center in Alabama. One teacher is also awarded the Disability Inclusion Grant.

Nominations for the awards close on 31 July 2015. To nominate go to: www.asg.com.au/nominate. Teachers can be nominated across early childhood, primary and secondary school categories.


Sleek Geeks - Eureka Prizes

The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is offered to primary and high school students and encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story using a short video. Complete the video and submit it by the 1st May to enter. Then in August, enter it in our Qld science contest in the "Communicating Science" category.

The idea is to communicate a scientific concept (or concepts) in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the viewer while increasing their scientific knowledge or, as the Sleek Geeks like to say, "learn without noticing".

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Digging deeper... can Australian soils really feed the world?

When: Monday 13 April
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP: This is a free event, please register to secure your seat

The website link is https://brisscience.wordpress.com/ and rego link is here is the rego link:http://brissciencesoil.eventbrite.com.au

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