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.
Earth Hour is one of Australia’s biggest home-grown success stories: an hour for the Earth that has grown into the world’s largest mass participation event for the planet. This year, Earth Hour 2015 is shining a spotlight on climate change’s impact on farming and food.
Earth Hour Schools Day is on Friday March 27th and doesn’t have to be an extra-curricular activity! Earth Hour Australia has partnered with award winning not-for-profit Cool Australia to create free to access lesson plans, digital worksheets, smartboard activities and a host of other fun resources to teach lessons that will last a lifetime. All the curriculum toolkit resources are mapped to the Australian Curriculum and provide real-world learning opportunity for students.
This year we are proud to have two Queenslanders in the list of winners of the BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards. The Queensland winners were:
Jackson Huang - 1st in the investigations category Benjamin Grace - 3rd in the investigations category
Earlybird registrations have opened for the STAQ Science is Primary Conference. The conference will be on Saturday, 21 March at St Stephen's Primary School, Algester.
There will be two keynote speakers and a variety of workshops from experienced presenters. For more information and to register, click here.
How to teach science is being developed by the Department of Education, Training and Employment in conjunction with the Queensland College of Teachers. The module is designed to support early career or experienced teachers to build knowledge and skills in teaching science from Prep to Year 10.
How to teach science will be ready to pilot early in Term 1 and teachers from a variety of schools across all education sectors are needed for the pilot.
We have 20 double passes to give away to a special preview screening of "The Theory of Everything" on Tuesday, 27 January at 6:45pm in Hamilton.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Together they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.
On Thursday, 4th December, the Australian Science Teachers' Association (the parent body of STAQ) hosted a Professional Development event in Townsville about Science Inquiry and using the recently launched Science ASSIST website. The initiative was sponsored by Northrop Grumman.
32 teachers from 14 schools attended the event and the professional development activities were described as "engaging and useful".
Thanks must go to Sarah Chapman for assisting with organising the event and connecting with schools in the local area to promote it. Also thanks to Townsville State High School for hosting it.
The STAQ Senior Science Conference was held at QUT Gardens Point on Friday, 28 November. About 180 people attended on the day and there was a great vibe as people chatted and made connections with others while enjoying a coffee before the conference, some delicious catering during meal breaks and a drink at the happy hour in the bar after the conference.
Prof Bryan Fry gave a very interesting lecture on his research into venom and venomous animals. The lecture contained a lot of new content for everyone in attendance and provided a fascinating insight into a very specialised field that most are unfamiliar with. Dr Stephen Hughes rounded out the day with a lecture on astrophysics and how he is teaching it with food.
In 2015, the STAQ Senior Science conference will be held on Friday, 27 November. We look forward to seeing everyone there again next year.
View some photos for the day here. If you have some more to share, they would be really appreciated. Please email Angela.
Science Inquiry Professional Development – Week 9, Thursday 4th December, 9:00am – 3:00pm
In Townsville and it is free. Morning Tea and Lunch is also provided.
Please see the flyer for more details.
Great opportunities for people in the Townsville district. Please pass on the information to your colleagues.
To register is as easy as sending an email.
Get in quick as places are limited!
In this edition hear about incorporating sustainability education in science classrooms. Also there are stories about a trip to Japan, a trip to the Kimberley and one teacher's experience using role plays following a trip to Canberra for the National Science Teachers' Summer School. There are articles reviewing some recent events and information about our upcoming events: National Science Week and the Queensland Science Contest.
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