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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 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 20 May 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: 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

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QCAA Survey on assessment in Qld senior schooling

QCAA has put together 22 working groups to provide advice on issues related to the ACER review of senior assessment and tertiary entrance. To guide their advice, the working groups are conducting a survey focused on assessment processes and the proposed role of school-based and external assessment in Queensland senior schooling.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here. This is your opportunity to share your ideas, concerns or other input on the future of senior school assessment and tertiary entrance procedures.


Beginning & Pre-service Teachers' Conference Open for registrations

Pre-service teachers and teachers in their first 5 years of teaching are invited to join us on Thursday, 7 May from 4pm for the STAQ Beginning & Pre-service Teachers' Conference. The conference will be held at the Eco-sciences Precinct, Dutton Park. The Keynote presenter will be from Soil Science Australia as part of the International Year of Soils.

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2015 Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants

The Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants program is offering funding of up to $1,000 to schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds and communities.

Applications close: 27 March 2015 (5.00pm)

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International Science School 2015


International Science School 2015 (ISS2015) is scheduled on 28 June to 11 July 2015 in Sydney with the theme BIG — Big experiments, BIG discoveries, BIG ideas. The brightest and most science-mad students from all over Australia are encouraged to apply for two weeks you will never forget. Students will also be joined by top students from eight other countries.

There will be nspiring talks by world-leading scientists. Tons of hands-on, brain-expanding activities and new friendships across the globe. Full scholarships cover all costs, including travel, accommodation, meals & activities — in other words, IT'S FREE!

To read more and apply, click here.


Science Bootcamps in Brisbane in April

CSIRO is now taking bookings for its April science bootcamps in Brisbane!

Spend two days exploring Advanced Manufacturing with CSIRO. See CSIRO labs and testing facilities, meet and chat with research scientists, explore the world of nano-technology and video conference with our bootcamp in other states at different CSIRO sites.

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Nominate for the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science Teaching

The 2015 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science are now open for nomination.

Stage 1 nominations CLOSE - 5.00pm (Canberra Time), Thursday, 26 March 2015.

Please encourage, outstanding science teachers in primary and secondary schools to nominate.

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