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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.


Australian Curriculum: Technologies event

In 2016 ISQ will hold two one-day professional learning events to support teachers of Australian Curriculum (AC): Technologies in PRIMARY settings (Thursday 3rd March) and AC: Technologies in SECONDARY settings (Friday 4th March) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Science is Primary Conference

Workshop details are available and registrations are open! Join us on Saturday, 5 March at West End State School for the Science is Primary Conference.

Topics include:
*Spatial Technologies - using mapping technologies in science.
*Makerspace in the primary classroom - a personal perspective.
*Finding the Science in STEM - a simple framework that teachers can use to take advantage of STEM engagement to elicit science understandings.

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The changing face of science teaching in Qld

Whatever your affiliation to science education, you are likely to be well aware of the current difficulties many schools face in recruiting quality science (and maths) secondary teachers. For schools in regional and remote areas the problem is even worse . But how familiar are you with the positive steps being taken to address this situation and are you interested in getting involved?

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Nomination for senior syllabus Learning Area Reference Groups

The Queensland Government recently announced that a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system will be introduced for students entering Year 11 in 2018. To support the commencement of a revitalised system in 2018, the QCAA is redeveloping senior syllabuses in 2016.

As part of the quality assurance mechanisms to support the redevelopment of syllabuses, nine Learning Area Reference Groups (LARGs) are being formed. Nominations for the LARGs are called for by 1st February.

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Musical Instruments in the Science Classroom

Music and musical instruments offer great scope for exploring scientific processes and concepts. For example, a brief introduction to wave concepts can be used to explain the pitches of notes in a range of instruments. A range of more advanced concepts such as frequency spectra and resonators allow a more complete description of the phenomena involved, while extension of the modelling to include the complex acoustic interactions of the instrument and player’s body is still a fertile area of research (see, for example,

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Secondary Tertiary Interface Meeting

Come along to an “ideas exchange” between secondary and tertiary chemistry teachers, to support the transition of our students into university studies and onto other chemistry career pathways.

Date: Tuesday 19th January 2016
· Time: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
· Venue: Chemistry Building (68), Cooper Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia
· Register Online - Follow this link


QCAA Expert Writing Teams

QCAA has issued an invitation to practising teachers to nominate for participation in expert writing teams for the redevelopment of senior syllabuses in 2016.

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STAQ Senior science conference tomorrow!

We are looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow, who registered for the conference.

Registration opens at 8am and the first workshop is at 8.30am. The program will conclude at 3pm and will be followed by Happy Hour at the QUT Botanic Bar.

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Bush Blitz 2016 - Successful Applicants

Congratulations to Louise Hoey (St Stephen's School, Algester) and Bruce Mills (Rollingstone SS) for being successful in their applications to participate in Bush Blitz next year.

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Step into STEM Teaching Scholarships

The Step into STEM Teaching Scholarships supports experienced professionals and university graduates seeking to transition to a teaching career and high-achieving individuals to become Science, Mathematics and Industrial Technology and Design teachers in Queensland secondary state schools.

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