Engaging Science Grants recipients

Program Period Project Location Sector Amount Round
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
S.T.E.A.M 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 Moreton 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 2020
Balonne Rocket Science

Balonne Shire Council

Balonne Shire Council will host four STEM based workshops in the region that explore the wonders of rocket, flight and space technology. Connecting curiosity and imagination with play-based learning experiences, young rocketeers will create and control the launch of their very own water propelled rocket.


$7,755
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
The plight of the wallum sedge frog

Baringa State Primary School

The sedge frog is Baringa State Primary School's behaviour mascot and local endangered species whose habitat has been impacted on by the development of Aura and the school. Our innovative STEM project will have students work alongside local scientists and Stockland on rebuilding and monitoring frog ecosystems to improve frog numbers in the area. Students will become frog ambassadors as they work to not only increase the population but educate the community about their plight. Students will use sensors to track data, create YouTube clips accessed through QR codes within the community and an informative transportable virtual reality centre to educate others.


$10,000 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
The Secret Life of Science!

Bennyk Enterprises

The short film expose, 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 2017-2018
STEM is in the air

Blackheath and Thornburgh College

Over one year, students, community members, scientists and technologists will work together to learn, use and apply LoRa and drone technologies in agriculture, and run events for the wider community to demonstrate their work.


$9,800 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 2020
Gladstone Citizen Science Festival 2020

Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre

The festival offers students and the local community with the opportunity to be involved in citizen science activities during National Science Week. Citizens who take part will collect real world primary data and contribute it to local and global databases. Programs to be delivered include AUSMAP, Mangrove Watch, Harbour Watch, Coral Watch, Gladstone Air Quality monitoring and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative through Tangaroa Blue.


$9,251
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 2018-2019
Aerospace STEM Innovation: empowering regional communities

Bundaberg Regional Council

Bundaberg Regional Council will engage the whole community in rocket science by using a hands-on approach with qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic activity facilitators. Ages 2 to 102 will have the chance to discover a new scientific interest and interact with a form of science most don't consider to be within their reach. Aerospace Science will engage a wide variety of demographics, and with local links to legend Bert Hinkler it is a perfect opportunity for this regional community to connect with and participate in sensational science.


$10,000 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 2018-2019
Citizen science event to discover the fossils of the caves region

Capricorn Caves - The Trustee for Estate of Ann Augusteyn

Capricorn Caves is the coastal gateway to Queensland's 'Dig the Tropic' geo-heritage tourist trail. Its nationally significant caves and fossils record the prehistory of tropical Australia, including new species to science and extinct megafauna. Scientists from around Australia have studied the unique fossils and created a palaeotourism science program that engages and increases awareness of the science taking place in Australian caves. The public will be invited to a free fossil open day where they will become citizen scientists and literally get their hands dirty as they experience the excitement of scientific discovery and contribute to Australias vast natural heritage.


$9,966 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 2017-2018
Applications of smart home IoT (internet-of-things) sensors in agriculture science

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity agriculture researchers will instruct Bundaberg High School students to explore the application of smart home IoT (internet-of-things) sensors in agriculture research. Students will calibrate and test a range of sensors, and deploy sensors in various agricultural applications. Results of student projects will be presented at National Science Week in 2019. The project will increase student participation in STEM subjects and Bundaberg community engagement in scientific activities. It will provide a demonstration of applying cutting-edge technologies in agriculture, helping to challenge the impression of the traditional agriculture industry and encourage young people to consider a future in the sector.


$10,000 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
Science Rocks!

Central Queensland University

Science Rocks! is an exciting engagement project created by Central Queensland University to connect with students from 7 high schools and involve them in dynamic, hands-on science based activities at CQU Bundaberg campus. It will build capacity of University Science staff to develop teaching skills to deliver science activities for students from Years 7-12, assist staff in developing appropriate and interactive science activities, and deliver the activities to celebrate Science Week 2017.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2020
Stepping into STEM through Biomechanics

Central Queensland University

Exercise and Sport Sciences staff at CQUniversity will host high school students and teachers participating in activities designed to promote STEM through biomechanics and build understanding about how humans move. The event includes a challenge where students will compete in teams to increase their knowledge about biomechanical concepts that are important to sport and daily living such as forces, balance, muscle activity, and linear and angular kinematics. A workshop will provide teachers with the opportunity to develop their skills so they can deliver innovative practical activities within their own teaching.


$9,986
Engaging Science Grants 2017-2018
Clermont State High School Drone program

Clermont State High School

Agriculture and mining are major industries in the Central Highlands and the increasing use of drones in both industries is providing new vocational pathways. Clermont's Drone Day will bring together students and teachers from the cluster to participate in what will hopefully be the first of many, annual drone challenge days. The day will provide opportunities for students to collaborate in drone challenges while teachers will develop their capability in delivering the Technologies curriculum in engaging ways through the use of drones.


$9,800 3
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 2020
National Science Week - From the Seas to the Stars

Cooktown P-12 State School

School students and community members have the opportunity to experience the night skies during a visit from a mobile planetarium. There will be an Astronomy Night with telescopes and local cluster schools will be invited to participate, share stories about the night sky, and identify planets, constellations and moons.


$10,000
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
Science to the Sea

Cooktown State School

This is a 3 day event that includes university STEM lecturers to foster further STEM engagement in the Cooktown community. The breakdown of the three days is as follows: Day 1: Official opening, afternoon science fair and dinner with key note speaker Day 2: STEM Science visits to schools including Cooktown State School, Holy Cross and Endeavour Christian College and STEM community forum. 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
Reef Patrol

Cooktown State School P-12

Scientists will visit the school to increase awareness of the impact of invasive species in our local environments and discuss the health of the reef. Ecosystems and the economy are under threat from these invasive species. By raising awareness our community can identify and deal with these threats in a proactive manner. Our position on the Queensland East Coast gives us an advantage in rapidly responding to these threats. Through public seminars, a forum and school visits scientists will interact with students and the public to solicit local observations and knowledge, as well as share their knowledge of the latest scientific findings.


$6,900 3
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 2016-17
DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The 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 and to promote science and agriculture as an exciting career choice. A large range of prizes are offered to winning students and are presented at an annual Awards Day & 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 Charters Towers

Edlp Pty Ltd

We will deliver coding workshops to the community in Charters 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 2020
Actually, it's Phytoplankton!: Ocean Ecology and NASA's PACE Mission

Go2Q Pty Ltd

Whale poop? Oil slick? Actually, it's Phytoplankton! If you like to breathe air and eat food, thank phytoplankton. Visible from space, these microorganisms are integral to all life. Go2Qurious presents a new science and oceanography podcast designed especially for middle schoolers. Join host Dr Jamie Coull, and oceanographer co-hosts Dr Lachlan McKinna and Dr Ivona Cetini? from August 15th 2020 to explore ocean ecology and NASA¢¢â€šÂ¬¢â€žÂ¢s PACE Mission. Jamie, Lachlan and Ivona interview 11 scientists and engineers who work on NASA¢¢â€šÂ¬¢â€žÂ¢s most advanced ocean-colour and aerosol satellite mission to date: PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem). Each episode is packed with science activities and resources. There are fantastic science prizes to be won, and the podcast can be enjoyed by students, teachers and families alike. Find us at www.go2qurious.com


$10,000
Engaging Science Grants 2018-2019
Girls who STEAM

Gold Coast City Council

Continuing on from the success of the 2018 Girls who STEAM initiative, this year's program will include a new series of dedicated workshops, facilitated by female scientists and experts. The aim of the workshops is to inspire and support young girls to pursue their interest in the sciences and develop the skills and knowledge required for future careers in the STEM industry. Library staff will also be involve in the STEM programming workshops so they can continue to support lifelong learning and the government's commitment to increasing participation of women and girls in STEM studies and careers.C6


$9,200 1
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 2018-2019
Mutdapilly Koala Offset, School Based Citizen Scientist Project

Goodna State Primary School

Remote cameras will be used to gather data on animal movements from the 90 hectare Mutdapilly Koala Offset site west of Ipswich with a view to staging a new event: a school based citizen scientist project day at the Goodna State School. The aims are to foster environmental awareness in a community that has emerging understandings of sustainability and to promote STEM awareness in the broader Queensland community. The Mutdapilly offset is a unique project and the school's STEM program has handwritten endorsements from environmentalists Sir David Attenborough and Dr Bob Brown, and the CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation.


$9,786 1
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
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