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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.


Are you interested in piloting a new online professional learning resource for science teachers?

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.

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Win double pass to see The Theory of Everything

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.

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ASTA PD in Townsville

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.


Senior Science Conference Review

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.


Professional Learning event in Townsville

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!

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The STAQ Journal is ready online!

Queensland Science Teacher 40(4)

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.

Click here to read the journal online.

Please note: You will need to log in with your membership number to view this page. Your membership number can be found on your most recent eNews.


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.