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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.


Peter Doherty Awards Ceremony

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education were presented on Wednesday at Customs House. STAQ member, Maria Barrett, received the Science Education Partnership Award on behalf of QUT for the QUT & Tullawong Partnership Excellence in STEM. Two of the recipients of the Outstanding Teacher of Science awards were:
* Simon Lees from STAQ Member Institution - St Hilda's School
* Paul Mitchell from STAQ Member Instiution - Queensland Academy of Health Sciences

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Peta Jackson, STAQ President, steps down after 5 years

The recent STAQ AGM on Tuesday, 21st October, saw a change in leadership for STAQ. Peta Jackson retired from the role after leading the organisation for 5 years. In the period of her leadership, STAQ developed a new website, strengthened our offering of conferences, redesigned the STAQ office and began offering online seminars as a form of professional development to better reach members in regional and rural areas. We wish to publicly thank Peta for her work and wish her all the best with other pursuits in her life. Although, she won't be going too far as she still on the Executive Committee.

Peta Jackson receiving a gift of thanks at the AGM 2014

To see a list of the current members of the Executive Committee, click here.
To see a list of the current members of STAQ Advisory Council, click here.


Prime Minister's Prizes for science

On Wednesday night, in the Great Hall of Parliament House, six of Australia's best scientists and science teachers received the 2014 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.

The recipients of this year's prizes are:

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A/Prof Bryan Fry - Venom Specialist

A/Prof Bryan Fry researches venom and venomous animals for a living. He describes it as a dream come true. He will be a keynote speaker at the Senior Science Conference on Friday, 28 November at QUT Gardens Point.

To read more about him, visit

To register, click here.


2014 STAQ AGM Notice

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Science Teachers' Association of Queensland is scheduled for Tuesday 21 October at 5:30pm in Room 502, School of Education UQ, St Lucia 4072.

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FARLabs: A Free Teaching Resource from the Dept Education

Having trouble enthusing your students about Einstein’s Photoelectric Effect? The latest FARLabs activity is a prepackaged experiment exploring whether light is a particle or a wave. You and your students can control real equipment (using a video feed) and stream live data to find out. FARLabs (Freely-accessible remote laboratories) is a free service developed by three Australian universities and sponsored by the Department of Education.

Register today at

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Applications open - National Science Teachers Summer School

Inspiring a lasting interest in science in our students is an uphill battle - one that teachers are better equipped for when they have seen the real-world applications of science themselves.

The National Science Teachers Summer School (11-17 January, 2015) is about building a bridge between what you teach your students and the vast world of scientific practice that knowledge can be applied to. APPLICATIONS CLOSE 24 OCTOBER. Click here for details on how to apply.

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Follow the STAQ Teachers in Japan

Follow the adventures of two of our STAQ teachers and other science teachers from around Australia as they travel in Japan with the ASTA-Japan Science Teachers exchange. To read the blog, click here.

Applications for next year will open soon.


Science Contest Judging Tomorrow

Will you be dropping off your entry tonight or tomorrow morning? Click here for important information about where and when to drop it off.

Are you a teacher and interested in finding out more about the Contest? Why not come along tomorrow and help with the judging?
Room 241, Building 47A
Staff Road
The University of Queensland St Lucia Campus
between the hours of 9am - 2pm, Saturday 13th September 2014.

Please let us know if you are interested by email: or phone 0430731120.


Agriculture teachers - Learn current research

Teachers are invited to register along with scientists and other professionals for the '2014 Winter Cereal Research Field Day' program for Wednesday, 1 October at Gatton. Find more details here.