Engaging Science Grants recipients

Program Period Project Amount Round
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
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 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 2017-2018
Polymer chemistry initiative

Kingaroy State High School

The polymer chemistry initiative is a unique partnership between Kingaroy State High School and the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) at The University of Queensland. Scientists from the CAI will synthesise polymers at the school. The students will then travel to the CAI for a 3 day camp where they will use the advanced facilities at the CAI to characterise the polymer synthesised at the school. Students will use a number of scientific techniques.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Science extravaganza

Northern Peninsula Area State College

Science applies to our everyday life and leads to many career pathways. In order to raise the school community's engagement with science, the college will deliver activities throughout National Science Week with a culminating day celebrating science and the interrelated disciplines of technology, arts, engineering and mathematics (a science extravaganza). Talented people from our parent community, school leaders and key staff at the college, experts at James Cook University in Cairns, and the Fizzics Education team, will engage with staff and students at Injinoo Junior to create a knowledge and skill sharing community.


$9,390 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Bowen makerthon

Queens Beach State School

A series of workshops will be delivered to introduce students, educators and the wider community to STEM, digital technologies, entrepreneurship and creativity. Specialists will visit the Bowen and Whitsunday communities to provide hands-on learning activities for people of all ages.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Special STEM

Rockhampton Special School

This project will enable students with multiple disabilities to experience STEM, through an inquiry learning approach, while training teachers, and engaging the local community. The project will design and resource a maker space to enable students to engage with innovative technologies to support their understanding of STEM. The project will link students with neighbouring schools, parents and wider community members through the participation of Central Queensland University and Rockhampton Regional Council Library.


$9,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Advanced imaging and data collection: from SPARQ-ed to virtual reality

The University Of Queensland

This project is aimed at improving the quality and reach of the SPARQ-ed program and establishing an online presence with high quality STEM-based projects. The aims are to streamline SPARQ-ed's imaging, data collection and analysis capabilities for students visiting their laboratory and to deliver similar opportunities to students who are not able to visit them. The project will enable students to extract and/or visualise micro-organisms by using advanced technologies (such as fluorescent microscopy). The students will also be able to perform complex techniques and record their results often during real-time live streaming.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Zika Mozzie Seeker - secondary schools

Toohey Forest Environmental Education Centre

Zika Mozzie Seeker is a citizen science project by Metro South Health that seeks to engage high school students to collect mosquito egg samples for both in class analysis and for molecular screening of Zika mosquito DNA using a world-first methodology. The project will unite working scientists with students and, in doing so, raise the profile of science and the benefits of science to the wider community. The project will also showcase the drug discovery pipeline using the unique facility of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery. Participating schools will receive teacher professional learning and specialist student immersion programs.


$9,400 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
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 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 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 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
The worth of preserving the Pioneer River mangrove ecosystem

Mackay Christian Colleges Ltd

Year 11 biology students will learn about the important role of mangrove systems in their existing curriculum. Due to the critical importance of mangroves and the college's prime location for accessing a mangrove system, the school is planning to incorporate real and engaging scientific field investigation. This scientific investigation will be conducted within the Pioneer River mangrove community. The conservation value of the mangroves maybe devalued in comparison to near pristine estuarine systems, however our investigation aims to promote the worth of preserving the mangrove system by identifying its carbon capture and storage potential.


$9,880 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Maker Magic: where the magic is in the making

Noosa Shire Council

This project encourages our community to participate in STEM-related learning through a six-month series of programs centred on robotics and 3D experiences. The program includes beginner workshops promoting hands-on activities with new and emerging technology that may spark peoples' interest in science and technology and inspire them towards a STEM related career. The advanced workshops introduce aspiring inventors to key 3D and engineering fundamentals through learning how to design, model and manufacture objects from concept to print and through the design, build and racing of drones. Inventions from this program will be showcased at a large community festival.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Ocean to Outback Roadshow

Ocean Life Education

Ocean Life Education 'Brings the Sea to You' with fun marine education programs designed to inspire students of all ages to appreciate and take responsibility for the marine ecosystem. The roadshow takes marine scientists on a journey to Queensland's regional areas giving students and their community the opportunity to engage in hands on marine science. Marine biologists will arrive with fascinating live marine animals, artefacts, games and information, blending hands-on interaction with science and entertainment.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Pine Rivers Special School Science Week 2018 Extravaganza

Pine Rivers Special School

The extravaganza is four days of science shows, demonstrations and hands-on activities for students and will include rockets, helium balloons and drones. Parents and community members can get involved in science and discover the joy of learning about science.


$4,670 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
INSPIRE - Implementing novel STEM partnerships in Indigenous and rural education

Queensland University of Technology

INSPIRE 2018 brings final year QUT STEM and education undergraduates together with an experienced science communicator/mentor to develop a teaching plan with indigenous/rural high school science teachers from Cunnamulla, Mt Isa or Normanton. Each QUT trio will visit the high schools for a week to deliver their STEM workshops to year 9 and 10 students. The workshop are designed to complement curriculum and teachers will also benefit from existing QUT-teacher support programs. There is also an opportunity to donate QUT STEM-related equipment.


$9,910 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Building community capacity for study of tropical Queensland fungi

Queensland Mycological Society Inc.

Tropical Australia has a rich diversity of fungi, but it is understudied. Queensland public and scientific communities are poorly informed about the important ecosystem services provided by fungi. In this project the Queensland Mycological Society together with mycologists and ecologists will transfer their knowledge to the Atherton Tableland, Kuranda and Cairns communities and students through talks, walks and workshops. Events will provide local people with the skills to capture images, record fungi for the Atlas-of-Living-Australia, and make collections for identification and scientific analysis. They will also learn about the ecological roles of fungi. Data collected will go towards the production of identification tools for future use by scientists and the public.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Sawfish - endangered and forgotten sea monsters

Sharks And Rays Australia Pty Ltd

Sharks And Rays Australia has teamed up with Sharks4Kids to involve school children and the general public in their sawfish project. Sawfish are the most endangered of all cartilaginous fishes. As some of their last retreats are found in Northern Australia, the importance of public awareness for the survival of these species cannot be stressed enough. Sawfish are listed on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act as well as the Queensland Fisheries Act. This project will help people understand and appreciate the importance of sawfish in aquatic food webs and how modern technology is able to monitor aquatic species living in crocodile country.


$9,295 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Taabinga STEM Challenge

Taabinga State School

This project involves a STEM challenge and a Makerspace open day with schools from the Kingaroy area. Students will be invited to participate in a series of activities and challenges in the Makerspace including building catapults, learning about LittleBits, Sphero art and making a stop motion animation movie. A local scientist or engineer will be a guest speaker.


$5,952 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Science through a VR lens

Thuringowa State High School

The abstract and often complex nature of science content in curriculum sometimes results in disengagement of students from low socioeconomic or Indigenous backgrounds. Virtual reality (VR) will be used in Thuringowa State High School as a mechanism to turn this around and engage years 7 to 10 students in the science.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Drone Coding: Search and Rescue

Toowoomba Regional Council

Toowoomba Regional Libraries in partnership with STEM Punks will deliver a drones in STEM education teacher professional development event and 12 x 1.5 hour school holiday programs free of charge to teachers and children from across the Toowoomba region. Independent, state and catholic teachers from across the region will be invited to attend the professional development event. The drone coding program will be delivered in 11 library locations: Cecil Plains, Clifton, Goombungee, Highfields, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Oakey, Pittsworth, Quinalow, Toowoomba City and Yarraman. Drones have a real world, practical applications to the region's agriculture industry.


$9,817 2
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2019
BioQuesting at The Planting

Woodfordia Inc.

In collaboration with QuestaGame, an interactive citizen-science mobile app, the 8th Annual Planting Festival will partner to create Bioquestin. Expert presentations, workshops and field trips will engage patrons to find and capture images, and identify and document wildlife on the 500 acre site of Woodfordia with the support of on-the-ground scientists and online experts. 'BioQuesting' will increase engagement and participation of the community in science-based activities, increase the number of scientists directly engaging with the community and promote collaboration with community members and experts on biodiversity conservation research projects.


$9,500 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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 2016-2017
Mapping Mithaka Country

Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation

Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation received consent determination in October 2015. The Elders want the corporation's Cultural Heritage Officers to map their sites of significance. An anthropologist, a community Registered Training Authority, a local shire and Mithaka have teamed up to provide a Certificate II in Anthropology for local community members so they are trained to identify, understand, map and record their sites of significance. The program is also open to young people on stations and towns within Mithaka Country.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Full STEaM Ahead!

Oreval

Introducing children to professionals who are solving problems today will stimulate the natural curiosity of children, building their confidence and desire to help solve the problems of tomorrow. Full STEaM Ahead! channels the natural curiosity of young minds towards STEM subjects, through engagement with interesting scientists, engineers and others working in STEM fields. Giving children professional STEM role models who are not part of their daily environment will open their minds to more career options.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Outback Paleo to Present

Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd.

This project brings together science, people and the outback. In south west Queensland exciting scientific discoveries are happening in the world of vertebrate palaeontology and natural history. This project will bring this science to remote Queensland communities, schools and visitors, right where dinosaur and megafauna discoveries are being made. Palaeontologists, geologists and Eromanga Natural History Museum staff will engage with schools, local and wider community members, inspiring them to find out more.


$9,835 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Queensland Brain Bee Challenge

QBI The University of Queensland

The Australia Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) was started in Queensland in 2006 by Professor Linda Richards at The University of Queensland's, Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). More than 1,500 Queensland students from all regions of the state competed in round 1 of this neuroscience competition. Round 2 will be held at QBI and feature a test for students, followed by tours and group activities to determine an Australian finalist. This event engages students, teachers and parents.


$9,600 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Day in the life of a scientist

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Senior biology students from the Moreton Region will be invited to visit Queensland's Institute for Medical Research, QIMR Berghofer. The day trip will give students the opportunity to conduct experiments in the education laboratory, hear about the latest in medical research, and learn about career paths and university study options in scientific research.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Year 7 STEM makerspace project

Runcorn State High School

Year 7 students at Runcorn State High School will be involved in a STEM Makerspace Project. A Makerspace is a place where students come together to use and learn how to use materials, and develop creative projects. Students will be involved in an 8 week program where they will engage in STEM-related activities, from coding, programming, robotics, electronics, craft and lego creation. Kuraby State School students will join the program towards the end with the 2 schools working together.


$9,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Water quality monitoring

Stanley River Environmental Education Centre

Stanley River Environmental Education Centre (SREEC) delivers programs for south east Queensland schools that take students into the environment to learn in an immersive and multifaceted way. A key component of these learning experiences is the physiochemical analysis of the water. The centre uses electronic data logging software and probes to enable faster and more accurate collection, which helps students become more engaged in critical analysis.


$9,957 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Game design engaging students in Queensland's unique biodiversity

STEAM Galaxy Studios

STEAM Galaxy Studios will create a free online game design platform, catalysing student engagement with Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, iconic wildlife, and Riversleigh fossils. Users will design versions of Go Extinct!, Ariel Marcy's (US-Aus Fulbright Scholar and The University of Queensland PhD candidate) award-winning board game. Students will learn how to read evolutionary trees, synthesise local research, produce citizen science, and engage with a profound scientific idea that life, despite dazzling diversity, shares common ancestors.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
AIMS Science Days

The Australian Institute of Marine Science

As part of the 2017 National Science Week celebration, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) will open its doors to local secondary students to participate in an exciting exploration of modern topical marine science in practice. Students will immerse themselves in the innovative facilities that have led AIMS' international recognition as the premiere tropical marine science research agency in Australia.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Science for decision makers

The Royal Society of Queensland

The Royal Society will host a series of short courses aimed at improving the confidence of senior leaders in business, government and academe, so they can brief their organisation on science-related subjects. Policy experts will present a mix of lectures, field activities and round-table discussions including case studies, to demonstrate how evidence-based science can inform policy and decision-making, and give participants the tools to apply scientific method to issues within their circles.


$7,500 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Soapbox Science Townsville 2017: promoting women in science in regional Queensland

The University of Queensland

Soapbox Science is a public engagement event promoting STEM women scientists to a wide audience and challenging the stereotypes of what a scientist does and looks like. After a successful first ever Soapbox Science event in Australia, held in Brisbane in 2016, we aim to bring this fantastic initiative to Far North Queensland for National Science Week 2017. By organising an event in Townsville we will be able to reach an audience that may not be exposed to science events like these.


$9,900 1
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
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