Engaging Science Grants recipients

Program Period Project Amount Round
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
STEAM Conference 'Discover-Design-Drive'

Adolescent Success

Adolescent Success invites Queensland middle years students to engage in a global connection with keynote speaker and inventor, Kevin Honeycutt to work on a STEAM project to create a 'Mars Space Station', culminating in a display at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Students will work on an ongoing project throughout the term with Kevin and then attend a student conference where they participate in creative workshops and hear from engaging speakers and complete their 'Mars Space Station' project in the maker space.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Gardening scientifically

Aspley Special School

All students at Aspley Special School have a disability. The school's gardens are hands-on Makerspaces where the students come together to learn, use materials and develop their STEM knowledge to grow foods for hospitality. This project adds a higher level and greater integration of STEM knowledge and skills for the students. They will measure, collect, record and analyse data on moisture levels in soil to determine the watering required for ideal growth. This project will increase the number of students engaging in this space and therefore participating in STEM.


$8,600 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Coastal Protection Core Science Festival

Australian Coastal Protection Core

Australian Coastal Protection Core will host a Science Festival at Scarborough, involving fun, educational programs and workshops targeted at school years 3–6 within the Morton Bay Regional Council catchment. Australian coastal and marine ecology professional scientists and Australian Coastal Protection Core teachers and educators will deliver workshops, presentations and hands-on practical activities for the community with the aim of inspiring future scientists to develop solutions to our most complex environmental challenges.


$9,650 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Let's Get Dirty

Australian Society of Soil Science Inc.

The project uses art to communicate complex scientific ideas to highlight the importance of soils and show the ways in which science and soils are part of our everyday lives. "Let's Get Dirty" will be a 6-month artist in residence program. An artist will be paired with a Queensland university to work collaboratively with soil scientists and researchers in developing their work, which will culminate in an Art in Soils exhibition.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Ngananga Nyamunka, The Climate Memory

Bana Yarralji Bubu Ltd

This project is an innovative, immersive media portrait of Aboriginal Nyungkalwarra country at the threshold of rapid ecological change. Filmed over a calendar year and told in the critically-endangered Nyungkal language of World-heritage Wet Tropics of Australia's Far North Queensland (considered the world's oldest tropical rainforest of 320 million years), the project explains about the dynamic transformations being monitored on country where a third of its invertebrate species are set to be lost to climate change. Ultimately, this learning tool teaches culturally-appropriate Indigenous ecological monitoring practices.


$9,650 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
The Secret Life of Science!

Bennyk Enterprises

The short film exposé, The Secret Life of Science, features the professional and personal lives of everyday Sunshine Coast women researchers involved in world-class STEM activities. The fun and informative video explores diversity in STEM women, and breaks down the stigmas of work-life balance andunsexy science, by introducing amazing women from various stages of their STEM careers. Personal interviews will showcase highlights of their work alongside a secret glimpse into their lives.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Birds in Schools

BirdLife Australia Ltd

Birds in Schools is an inquiry-based curriculum program that encourages students to engage in the scientific process of adaptive management as citizen scientists within their community. Alongside a BirdLife Australia team, their teachers and local councils, students collect data and analyse and interpret their observations. They use this evidence to make management recommendations through an action plan which aims to improve native bird habitat and encourage a diversity of birds on their school grounds, while educating their local community on the value of urban biodiversity. Ultimately, the students implement these action plans to create bird-friendly school gardens.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Blackwater State School STEM Project 2017-2018

Blackwater State School

Blackwater State School will work collaboratively with the Central Highlands Regional Council to create a rest stop between the school boundary and the Capricorn Highway. The project uses scientist collaboration to authentically design a rest stop with native flora, effective urban planning and construction. Drones will survey the area and work throughout the project. Informative digital videos about the science, technology, mathematics and engineering used in the project will be developed.


$4,550 3
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Ngana-anga jirri wjarr - our night sky

Bloomfield River State School

The Bloomfield River State School will hire a portable planetarium and have students visit it during the day. The Dream Dome expands the planetarium concept into a totally new approach as a visual entertainment and mobile learning centre. In the evening we will continue the event with a community barbeque followed by a tour of our night sky in the community of Wujal Wujal, led by Night Sky Secrets, a local company whose specialty is tours featuring an aboriginal perspective on the southern skies and viewing the deep sky through large aperture telescopes.


$3,200 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Drone Station Challenge

Boyne Island State School

Four drone stations will be set up in our school hall. Various challenges will be set for students to engage in and use their knowledge in STEM to complete the task set at each station. The challenges will involve drones delivering packages, drones surveying farm lands (focussing on specific areas affected following a disaster), underwater drones and an open station for students to design their own drone and challenge.


$2,820 3
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Robots, drones and sensors: Future farming masterclasses

Bundaberg Fruit And Vegetable Growers Cooperative Limited

This project is a collaboration between Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers and Central Queensland University. It is a series of practical, innovative masterclasses for farmers, industry and the community, demonstrating innovative science and technology advances using robots, drones and seniors in agriculture. Masterclasses will be delivered over two days at Agrotrend, in Bundaberg, and will include practical demonstrations using technology and science, interactive question and answer opportunities, and take home resources. The future farming masterclasses are intended to inspire farmers, industry and school students to explore the technology and engage with the scientific community.


$9,942 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
MangroveWatch - Cairns Chapter

Cairns And Far North Environment Centre Inc.

If a mangrove falls into the sea, and nobody is watching, does anybody care? The question is what if someone was watching? MangroveWatch is a citizen-science partnership between communities, schools and scientists to document changes in local mangrove habitats and inform better management of estuaries. The Cairns And Far North Environment Centre, in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Legacy, MangroveWatch of TropWater at James Cook University and the Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee will establish a MangroveWatch program in the Cairns region to gather long-term data on estuaries and engage locals in the act of collecting and promoting the data as citizen scientists.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Creating a Reef Rainforest Interpretive Centre at Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre Pty Ltd

This project delivers a purpose-built Reef Rainforest Interpretive Centre in the Cairns Aquarium that can be used for presentations and lectures delivered by professional educators, researchers and other groups dedicated to the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics. With an existing level of demand for this facility, the hands-on learning resources, video content and interpretive signage produced for the Centre would see it used regularly. The Cairns Aquarium is a logical location for this education forum as the visitor experience has been designed specifically to facilitate interaction with the biological diversity of the region.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Year 6 STEM embedded career development

Calamvale Community College

This project will help to build student's identity around their personal capacity to become a STEM professional in the future. It will embed career development principles in year 6 studies at the college. This approach will increase student participation in STEM as they develop an identity around being the kind of person who can have a STEM career.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Right here - Right NAO: Social robotics inspiring STEM

Capalaba State College

Humanoid social robot, NAO will be used to inspire and engage students, parents and teachers on the junior campus of the college with STEM. They will learn how to code our NAO robot with Choreographer software and Python to create entertaining social robotic experiences including story telling, staged dialogue as well as supporting students with autism and communication disorders.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Toowoomba STEM Enrichment Hub

Centenary Heights SHS

Toowoomba STEM Enrichment Hub will be a pivotal resource in the development of a whole-school and community approach to driving the STEM agenda for our students and our regional community. It will be the space where ideas can be researched, constructed, tested and implemented. It will be supported by existing on-line and virtual resources. The Hub will operate at Centenary Heights State High School, steered by staff, students and parents in partnership with community experts and organisations.


$17,097 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Bush science: Saluting scientists in rural Queensland

Central Highlands Science Centre

This project will make the public aware of where science can take you in the outback via short and engaging stories told by real scientists. These 'Science Snapshots' will also help educate school leavers wanting a career in science by informing them of science-related job opportunities outside of the state€™s metropolitan areas. The project involves filming engaging local science stories and 'did you know science' facts about science in Queensland and sharing them on social media.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Science club assistant volunteer pilot program

Central Highlands Science Centre Inc.

Central Highlands Science Centre (CHSC) is a grassroots non-profit that delivers innovative out-of-school, community-led STEM programs and learning experiences to children living in regional Queensland. The centre's highly successful after-school science club program (6-12 year olds) requires a pool of enthusiastic volunteers to assist science educators deliver each 5 week program. This pilot aims to develop a new volunteer model that recruits, trains and supports high school students to participate in and lead hands-on, STEM-based activities.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Science Rocks!

Central Queensland University

Science Rocks! is an exciting engagement project created by Central Queensland University (JCU) to connect with students from 7 high schools, and involve them in dynamic, hands-on science-based activities at the university's Bundaberg campus. It will help build capacity in university science staff by developing their teaching skills so they can deliver science activities for students from Years 1-7. Staff will also develop and deliver appropriate, interactive science activities for the students to celebrate National Science Week 2017.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
STEAM-ATHLON

Cleveland State School

The STEAM-ATHLON is an initiative of Cleveland State School involving 7 schools. This academic triathlon is made up of 3 tasks that are centred around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), designed to challenge, engage, enrich and celebrate our students. Cleveland State School has partnered with Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation to host the event. A Marine Education Officer will deliver a presentation to open the event on 10 October 2017. This presentation will be the foundation of all challenges.


$8,335 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Every student coding by 2020: South Burnett Region

Coding Kids

This project will visit the South Burnett region over 2 days to deliver coding and robotics workshops for children, parents, teachers and librarians. The aim of the workshops are to foster interest in digital literacy and technology creation.


$9,600 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Rolling into the future: Reducing agricultural soil compaction

Conservation Farmers

This project will deliver 3 workshops (Roma, St George and Jimbour) that will connect farmers face-to-face with soil scientists and on-farm tyre expert, Graham Betts. The workshops will provide independent, practical and current information on the issue of soil compaction, solutions and benefits of improved tyre management. This aims to improve farmer knowledge and confidence in adopting this science.


$9,420 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Science on the fly: Drones in agriculture

Conservation Farmers Inc.

Three workshops will be delivered in Roma, Dalby and Emerald to connect farmers face-to-face with leading drone scientist, Dr Catherine Ball. The workshops will provide independent, practical and current information on the risks, benefits, regulatory requirements and agricultural adaptations of drones. The workshops aim to improve farmer knowledge and confidence in adopting this great science.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Science to the Sea

Cooktown State School

This 3 day event brings university STEM lecturers to the Cooktown community to foster further STEM engagement. The breakdown of the 3 days is: Day 1 official opening, afternoon science fair and dinner with the key note speaker, Day 2 STEM science visits to schools including Cooktown State School, Holy Cross and Endeavour Christian College and the STEM community forum, and Day 3 STEM robotics and engineering workshop and mini design challenge to be lead by a robotics lecturer.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
iDesign with STEAM

Coomera Rivers State School

The 'iDesign with STEAM' project targets primary school teachers and students and will run over a year. It includes student events, teacher professional development and delivers community awareness of STEAM during five activities involving robotics, drones, computer games and circuits.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
STEM Primary Links Program

Coorparoo Secondary College

Following consultation with local primary school teachers, Coorparoo Secondary College is developing a Coorparoo STEM education network in 2018. The network offers opportunities for participating primary school students to grow their interest in STEM subjects through activities such as science workshops in college science laboratories and maths extension classes. A Primary STEM Challenge and Mathematics Challenge Days will also be hosted at the college where primary schools will problem-solve their way to victory.


$9,450 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science competition

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' (DAF) Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science competition provides students from Years P-12 the opportunity to participate in a stimulating, hands-on, agricultural science project each year. The competition's aim is to encourage young people to develop an interest in science and agriculture as an exciting career choice. A large range of prizes are offered to winning students and presented at an annual Awards Day and Ag Science Expo.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science competition

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' (DAF) Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science competition provides students from Years P-12 the opportunity to participate in a stimulating, hands-on, agricultural science project each year. The competition's aim is to encourage young people to develop an interest in science and agriculture as an exciting career choice. A large range of prizes are offered to winning students and presented at an annual Awards Day and Ag Science Expo.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Maintaining a community oyster gardening initiative for shellfish reefs

Digsfish Services

Pumicestone Passage has been identified as a priority area for restoring shellfish reef habitat on Australia's east coast. Australia's first community-based oyster gardening program on Bribie Island has been established by recruiting residents to grow oysters which will eventually be used for experimental trials to restore shellfish reefs.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Coding Kids in Charter Towers

Edlp Pty Ltd

We will deliver coding workshops to the community in Charter Towers and its nearby communities. The coding program involves free workshops for both teachers and students. The workshops teach new approaches to problem solving covering computational thinking, design thinking, system thinking, and how to create digital solutions to solve community problems. Students and teachers learn to become technology creators and not just passive consumers of technology.


$9,500 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Coding Kids in Thargomindah

Edlp Pty Ltd

We will deliver coding workshops to the community in Thargomindah and its nearby communities. The coding program involves free workshops for both teachers and students. The workshops teach new approaches to problem solving covering computational thinking, design thinking, system thinking, and how to create digital solutions to solve community problems. Students and teachers learn to become technology creators and not just passive consumers of technology.


$9,184 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Fiftysix Opportunity Workshop

Fifty Six Creations Pty Ltd

According to the Foundation for Young Australians' New Work Order report, 60% of students are currently being trained in jobs that will be radically changed by automation. The Fiftysix Opportunity Workshops teach young people about the skills of the future. Computer science, STEM and entrepreneurship are all covered.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Geological Society of Australia Earth Sciences Student Symposium

Geological Society of Australia

This initiative is designed to bring students and young researchers from around Queensland to present new research, technologies and ideas about earth science. This is a student organised and run symposium designed to allow students to develop their science communication skills, facilitate peer learning and enjoy networking. This symposium, free to students, will enable PhD, masters, honours and undergraduate earth science students to present advancing research to their peers and industry.


$7,300 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
AgriTech

Glasshouse Country Christian College

Students will engage with farmers, in conjunction with the local agronomist and grower associations, and consult with them about providing mapping, electromagnetic and other surveys of their property. Conducting the surveys will teach students how to program and fly a drone and acquire mapping imagery and relevant data. Farmers and interested parties will be invited to attend these drone mapping days. Once all data is obtained, students will analyse the imagery and provide feedback about what they have found at a community event.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Girls who STEAM

Gold Coast City Council

A dedicated series of programs for young girls to provide opportunities to engage in STEM workshops, facilitated by female scientists and experts, to inspire and support them to foster an ongoing interest in the sciences, and develop future skills required for innovation.


$9,968 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Indigenous Girls in STEM

Gordonvale State High School

Our mission is to promote STEM as a highly interactive and enjoyable field of study that will lead students to a myriad of career pathways. Through this we hope to encourage more young female Indigenous students to select senior STEM subjects in their senior phase of learning. This pilot project is to provide students opportunities to interact with STEM mentors from school, community (both Indigenous and wider), industry and tertiary institutions.


$8,810 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
RoboTECH

Greenmount Primary P&C Association

RoboTECH is a 10-week program where students will engage with STEM resources and activities using multiple technologies and platforms, robotics, electronics, engineering and craft. Implemented across our whole-of-school community, RoboTECH will promote hands-on learning experiences for students while increasing their STEM knowledge and capabilities through problem-solving tasks.


$9,591 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Moreton Bay Science Online

Griffith University

Moreton Bay Science Online is dedicated to celebrating the marine science that shapes our social, cultural and economic pursuits in Moreton Bay. It also reveals the Queensland scientists who are helping build the worldwide body of marine ecological knowledge. It is a strategic science-communication campaign about Moreton Bay science and scientists will be measured for effectiveness in increasing public knowledge and increasing support for marine management initiatives.


$10,000 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
That's RAD! Science Series

Griffith University

This project will support the creation of a series of illustrated children's books (for children aged 5-9) that showcase Queensland women in STEM and their exciting fields and careers. The 3 books, developed in collaboration with Queensland women in STEM, will be distributed free to approximately 250 Queensland schools and will focus on these themes: parasites amazing nanoparticles including why butterfly wing have such vivid colours and nanoparticle 'robots' used for environmental sensing science detective (forensics) or engineering.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Wetland wander

Griffith University

Wetlands within the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef are valuable and beautiful. However, not many people know about these wetlands, and thus, not many people care about them. The goal of this project is to create an immersive installation consisting of video, photography and audio so the public can experience wetlands through art. The project will have wide outreach as it will be showcased in public spaces and on various websites. Through this installation, people will have the opportunity to learn about wetlands, to create awareness of their scientific value, and to appreciate their beauty.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Overboard and underwater: The science of life in the bay

Healthy Waterways and Catchments

Local scientists, students and teachers will be brought together to explore how to use science to protect local marine environments and habitat. Three science in the field voyages, involving 120 students, will be held involving practical hands-on activities exploring the values of Moreton Bay and problem solving with scientists how to develop real world solutions using science. Each voyage will focus on a different theme: seagrass and its role in water quality culture and science marine debris on local sea turtles species.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
STEM Alpha Kids

Independent Schools Queensland

Innovative technologies, professional learning sessions and a STEM kit of resources will provide the basis for students and teachers to participate in fun, hands-on science and technology activities in independent schools in 11 regional areas of Queensland. Schools will join with their local libraries to share the fun and learning with parents and the wider community. At the end of the project there will be a virtual STEMkidsCon (conference) to celebrate science engagement.


$9,980 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
STEM Alpha Kids

Independent Schools Queensland

Innovative technologies, professional learning sessions and a STEM kit of resources will provide the basis for students and teachers to participate in fun, hands-on science and technology activities in independent schools in 11 regional areas of Queensland. Schools will join with their local libraries to share the fun and learning with parents and the wider community. At the end of the project there will be a virtual STEMkidsCon (conference) to celebrate science engagement.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
The Secret Life of Coral

Ingham State School

The Secret Life of Coral combines cutting-edge science, storytelling and artistic activities to educate and engage year 3-8 school children about the symbiotic partnerships within each coral polyp on the Great Barrier Reef. Four full-day workshop programs will begin with a combined-group narration of the coral-science-adventure story Zobi and the Zoox, followed by scientist-led discussions on coral and coral bleaching. Afterwards, students break into smaller groups to rotate through a series of activities.


$9,900 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
AB3 - Australian Backyard Bird Box: Connecting School Students to the Environment

James Cook University

AB3 (an Internet of Things device with a touch screen) will be deployed in Townsville schools. AB3 will provide games to encourage students to learn local bird calls, record bird calls within the school area, identify the recorded calls, and send these identified calls over the internet to help researchers develop tools to monitor bird diversity. AB3 will leverage students passionate for technology and animals to engage them with STEM, their local environment, and local research activities.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Deadly Science Getaway 2017-2018: Orpheus Island

James Cook University

Deadly Science Getaway ignites passion for science among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, aged 13-18, from remote communities. We illuminate pathways for Indigenous women to pursue science-linked careers such as being a ranger, marine biologist, natural resource manager or leading science programs for children. We lead field science and authentic conversations, in wild places, with passionate women scientists and Indigenous leaders.


$8,949 3
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Discovering urban wildlife

James Cook University

Most kids, particularly those in cities, don't get the opportunity to experience native wildlife in the far-flung Aussie 'outback'. Luckily, there is a diverse suite of native animals that live in our homes, backyards and local neighbourhoods. Discovering this wildlife is an exciting hands-on workshop for 4-7 year-olds. During this workshop students will be introduced to the local urban wildlife, using their eyes and ears to collect scientific data and identify wildlife species.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Outreach solar workshops

James Cook University

This outreach activity involves developing and conducting age-appropriate solar workshops for about 700 students attending eight primary schools in the Hinchinbrook region. Workshops will combine"edu-tainment" with health, science, technology, engineering and maths activities including using an appearance-based app to observe individual sun-damage/photo-ageing and solar telescopes to safely observe the sun's surface, solar flares and sun-spots. As the national curriculum requires year 5 students to learn how to plan/practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing they will also train the students and their teachers to use their simple hat-wearing app to observe hat-wearing practices at their school.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
She Flies: using drones to build STEM confidence in girls

James Cook University

The 'new drone economy' is estimated to be worth $US20 billion per annum by 2020, providing 10% of future jobs. Australia leads the world in non-defence applications of drone technology. Yet women and girls are largely missing from the important emerging sector (<1% female pilots). 'She Flies' will give girls confidence in a male dominated STEM field. We will create and deliver a hands-on workshop for high school girls and their parents and teachers, teaching technical skills, safety and environmental survey.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
She Flies: using drones to build STEM confidence in girls

James Cook University

The 'new drone economy' is estimated to be worth $US20 billion per annum by 2020, providing 10% of future jobs. Australia leads the world in non-defence applications of drone technology. Yet women and girls are largely missing from the important emerging sector (<1% female pilots). 'She Flies' will give girls confidence in a male dominated STEM field. We will create and deliver a hands-on workshop for high school girls and their parents and teachers, teaching technical skills, safety and environmental survey.


$9,980 1
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