Engaging Science Grants recipients

Program Period Project Location Sector Amount Round
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 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
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
'Cool coding and robotics' for National Science Week

Noosa Shire Council

Through 'Cool Coding and Robotics', Noosa Library Service encourages the local community to engage and participate in STEM through a series of fun and practical coding and robotics workshops. Held during National Science Week, this week-long program promotes hands-on experiences about programming and robotics and provides an informal learning experience that may spark people's interest in science and technology and inspire them to study a STEM-related career.


$6,476 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Ocean to Outback roadshow

Ocean Life Education

The project "Ocean to Outback" will engage students and the community in rural areas, specifically the Western Downs regional area, delivering fun marine education. Marine educators 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 2016-2017
Small schools science touring

Queensland Music Festival

Reef Up! will be a professional production with cutting edge science-communicated in an accessible, fun and educational way to ensure young people can learn about what is happening to the coral reefs globally and what we can do to help. Developed in collaboration with leading Queensland scientists, it combines dance and drama with scientific messages and is supported by teacher resources. Reef Up! will tour during October and November to schools in Coastal Queensland, from the Gold Coast to Alexandra Bay in the Daintree. The project will target smaller schools with this science incursion.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Flatback Bivouac Camp

Queensland Trust for Nature

Flatback Bivouac runs for 3 days at Avoid Island, an uninhabited island south of Mackay and critical nesting habitat for the vulnerable fatback turtle. Students will work alongside respected turtle researchers to better understand the life-cycles of marine species. Delivered by Wonder of Science (WoS) and supported by QTFN, Flatback Bivouac provides students with hands on experiences, observing turtles laying, scientific data collection and recording techniques. This rewarding and unforgettable experience embeds interest in scientific research, conservation land management and marine ecology in students' lives, and extraordinary opportunities to learn about and participate in conservation of protected areas and species.


$10,000 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Effectively engaging the public on advanced biotechnologies

Queensland University of Technology

Advanced biotechnologies such as genome editing for the production of new foods, fuels and chemicals could revolutionise the social, environmental and economic landscape. Queensland researchers are developing innovative solutions and need to engage the wider community (law-makers, media and the general public) to develop the legal and social licence needed for acceptance and adoption. The project provides researcher training and engagement opportunities for advanced biotechnologies.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Human clinical trials: Essential science not crazy drug testing

Queensland University of Technology

The project aims to educate the Australian public that clinical trials are an opportunity for all Australians to contribute to science and to change the public's perception that trials are risky. The project will consist of an online educational campaign which will precede a physical presence at one of South East Queensland's largest sporting events, the 'Tough Mudder' running race.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
INSPIRE (Implementing Novel STEM Partnerships In Rural Education)

Queensland University of Technology

Applications for INSPIRE will be taken from final year Biomedical Science and Medical Laboratory Science students at QUT. Three successful applicants will be selected according to the best written and oral responses and matched with mentors of senior postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers. After a 1 day training workshop on teaching methods, the undergraduate and their mentor will attend rural and remote communities of Normanton, Mt Isa and Kingaroy to teach science to year 9 and 10 students and deliver interactive workshops at local community centres.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Rolling Stories: Table-top role playing games for engaging students in science

Queensland University of Technology

The Rolling Stories project turns the Queensland Government call to target media which are supportive of 'science stories' into a design activity where scientists are encouraged to both tell their stories and communicate them through creating table-top role playing games and then playing them with students. The project expects outcomes in terms of increased engagement through the workshop series and long-lasting outcomes in the form of table-top role playing game books that can then be shared and re-used in educational and professional contexts.


$9,980 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Tropical Homes Superhero Challenge

Queensland University of Technology

The Tropical Homes Superhero Challenge will make heat visible by engaging Townsville building trades and residents in the science of thermography. In October workshops at Bunnings stores will be conducted by a QUT scientist to demonstrate how heat transfers through buildings and impacts on comfort and appliances. Training will be provided in the use of thermal imaging devices and a number of these devices will be available for loan at Bunnings. Participants will be encouraged to document the 'energy vampires' in their homes through lifestyle/thermal images, short video clips, comic strips, animations and social media and submitted to an online portal as part of the challenge.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Making connections with Moreton Bay marine science

Reef Check Australia

This project will develop science communications approaches to help communities connect with the unique subtropical reef communities of Moreton Bay through the Reef Ambassadors program. Reef Ambassadors are trained community members who actively share information about local reefs at events and inspire communities to better understand and protect local marine environments. The project involves: message development about Moreton Bay marine science concepts, reef health and our citizen science survey findings field trip to visit local reefs science communications workshop trial messages and resources at 10 community events evaluation.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
WIO Weather and Environmental Station Platform

Refactor Pty Ltd

In collaboration with Gold Coast TechSpace and Gold Coast Libraries we have been working on a connected Weather and Environmental station that can be easily deployed to community buildings. Along with the electronics hardware, there is also a software component where the data collected can be used for citizen science research. Most weather stations collect basic information such as temperature, humidity, rainfall and wind speed, but we also aim to collect other interesting information such as harmful gases and environmental readings.


$10,000 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
EXCEL

Rockhampton State High School

Rockhampton State High School's EXCEL program (Excellence Challenge Enquiry Learning) is focused on incorporating STEM learning experiences to its students. This purpose of the program is to: implement effective STEM resources and practices into current curriculum programs provide hands-on learning experiences help students to further develop inquiry skills through problem solving tasks. Our target audience for the EXCEL program is to attract local students to connect with other like-minded students.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
STEM in Action forum

Science Teachers' Association of Queensland

The STEM in Action forum will involve 2 complementary events-workshop forum and interactive industry engagement sessions, followed by an informal panel discussion presented by engaging industry and academic STEM professionals. The workshops aim to provide in-depth knowledge about cutting-edge applications within STEM. The evening event 'Making Waves in STEM' will consist of a moderated panel discussion of engaging STEM professionals who will share their stories about their career journeys and current professional/research roles.


$8,465 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Ground Truth

StarSapphire Productions Pty Ltd

This project uses digital media to communicate the science of spatial data that empirically tracks changes to our landscape. Ground Truth is a series of time-lapse films sourced from 30 years of satellite imagery of Queensland. Compiled by remote-sensing scientists and visualisation experts, these touch-sensitive immersive films will entertain communities around the state during the 2018 World Science Festival. An accompanying webpage and TV portal will engage students and the general public in a citizen science project where science experts show how to 'ground truth' satellite imagery and use open source data to create time-lapse films of our local areas.


$10,000 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
SLQ Fun Palace

State Library of Queensland

Fun Palace is an annual, free, global celebration linking the arts, sciences and education over a weekend in October, with a mission to encourage communities to create by, and for, themselves. A key focus of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) Fun Palace program is encouraging young people and their families to engage with science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) activities in a fun, non-threatening and all-inclusive environment with high profile science educators.


$9,950 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
3 Fast Fun & Educational iToons (Informational Cartoons)

Tarampa Studios

Cartoons captivate young minds, engage creative thinking and stimulate outside-of-the-box thinking. Everything looks more fun and exciting as a cartoon-even the most complex theories! Voiceovers with familiar actors and notable scientists will help engage a wide audience to explore STEM subjects. The cartoons with cute critters and famous historic mathematicians and scientists will be made available to schools and home-schooled students for free online.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Project Kimberley: Wildlife in virtual reality

Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group

The Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group has partnered with the Information Technology Academy at James Cook University to create the world's first 3D virtual reality tree-kangaroo. It is called Kimberley after her real-life model, a hand raised, semi-wild Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo. The 3D simulation project aims to address conservation issues for schools and local youth groups by using new technologies. This project will further develop the Kimberley proof-of-concept to enable interactions with the public. Ultimately, Kimberley will be set up in visitor centres and will be able to taken to schools, science expos or open days.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Changing young peoples' attitudes about science, space, sustainability through engagement

University of Southern Queensland

The Space & Sustainability Conference is a community event that engages primary children, highlighting astronauts and astronomers understanding of the universe. Guest speakers from Space Explorations Technologies and NASA provide visual examples of the impact of scientific activities in space on a sustainable life on earth. Students and teachers engage in activities about atoms, elements and the periodic table to understand how being involved in science can make a difference in their lives and community.


$10,000 3
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Foods for health

University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is researching using functional foods to treat chronic diseases associated with ageing. Prof Grant Pierce from St Boniface Research Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada will be visiting USQ in September to share his expertise on linseed. Public lectures on functional foods will be held in Toowoomba and Ipswich while schools visits in Ipswich and Toowoomba will also take place. In addition, Prof Pierce will visit several farmers on the Darling Downs who are interested in growing functional foods.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Makerspace project

Windsor State School

The Makerspace project will develop a dedicated space filled with equipment to support engagement with STEM concepts in a fun and interesting environment. The project is focused on primary-aged children and community members in Brisbane and will be a partnership with local schools and the Queensland Academy of Creative Industries.


$10,000 2
Engaging Science Grants 2016-2017
Spark Engineering Camp

Youth without Borders

Spark Engineering Camp is an initiative run by volunteer university students. The camp brings high school students of years 10 to 12 to experience university life at The University of Queensland for 1 week. The high school students chosen to go on this camp are students from indigenous, rural and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The camp's purpose is to promote a career pathway in STEM by immersing students in activities which not only challenge their knowledge, but also their leadership, team-working skills and creativity.


$10,000 2
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 2016-17
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 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 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 2016-17
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 2016-17
AB3 - Australian Backyard Bird Box: Connecting School Students to the Environment

James Cook University

AB3 (an internet of things (IoT) 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; encourage students to identify the recorded calls; and send these identified calls over the internet to help researcher to develop tools for monitor bird diversity. AB3 will leverage students’ like of technology and animals to engage them with STEM, their local environment, and local research activities.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
She Flies: Using drones to build STEM confidence in girls

James Cook University

The ‘new drone economy’ is estimated to be worth US 20B pa 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 this 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, their parents and teachers, teaching technical skills, safety, and environmental survey.


$9,980 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
Game design engaging students in Queensland's unique biodiversity

Marcy, Ariel (Steam Galaxy Studios)

Steam Galaxy Studios will create a free online game design platform catalyzing student engagement with Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, iconic wildlife, and Riversleigh fossils. Students will design versions of Go Extinct!, Ariel Marcy’s (US-Aus Fulbright Scholar & UQ PhD candidate) award-winning board game. Students will learn how to read evolutionary trees, synthesize 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 2016-17
Full STEaM Ahead!

Margaret Mary Fairhurst - Trading as Oreval

Introducing children to professionals that 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 engaging with interesting scientists, engineers and others working with STEM subjects in their respective careers, giving children access to professional ‘STEM role models’ who are not part of their daily environment.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
Mapping Mithaka Country

Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation

Mithaka received consent determination October 2015. An Anthropologist, a community RTA, a local shire and Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation have teamed up to provide a Certificate II in Anthropology for local community members to train them in how 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 2016-17
Outback Paleo to Present

Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd

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


$9,835 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
Queensland Brain Bee Challenge

QBI - THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

The Australia Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) started in Queensland in 2006 by Professor Linda Richards at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), University of Queensland. More than 1500 Queensland students complete Round 1 in this neuroscience competition and they come from all regions of the state. Round 2 is held at QBI featuring 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 2016-17
Day in the life of a scientist

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Senior biology students from the Moreton region will be able to visit Queensland's institute for medical research - QIMR Berghofer. The day trip will give them 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 2016-17
Year 7 STEM makerspace project

Runcorn State High School

Year 7 students at Runcorn SHS will be involved in a STEM Makerspace Project. A Makerspace is a place where students come together to use and learn to use, materials, and develop creative projects. Students will be involved in an 8 week program where they will engage in STEM related activities ranging 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 in partnership.


$9,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
Water Quality Monitoring

Stanley River Environmental Education Centre

Stanley River Environmental Education Centre (SREEC) will work with SEQ schools to learn about the physiochemistry of water. Students will use new electronic data logging software and probes to enable faster and more accurate collection allowing for students to be more engaged in critical analysis. Activities using the equipment will take place at Stanley River EEC, and numerous locations in the natural environment including but not limited to Lake Somerset, Brisbane River (Main and east and west Branches), Lake Wivenhoe, and the Stanley river. The Equipment will also be used as part of the Bunya to bay project in 2018, a journey which takes place biennually traversing the entire length of the Brisbane River from source to its mouth, Moreton bay.


$9,957 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
AIMS Science Days

The Australian Institute of Marine Science

The 'AIMS Science Days' event will be held at the AIMS headquarters located in Cape Ferguson, about 50 km from Townsville’s CBD. It is adjacent to the centre of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by a 207 hectare national park and marine reserve. Participants will be provided with access to a range of facilities including specialised laboratories, including the one-of-a-kind National Sea Simulator and the newly refurbished Library with its visually rich interpretive display.


$10,000 1
Engaging Science Grants 2016-17
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 in briefing their organisations 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 2016-17
Soapbox Science Townsville 2017: promoting women in science in regional Q

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

Soapbox Science is a public engagement event, which promotes STEM women scientists to a wide audience and challenges 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, UQ will bring this initiative to Far North Queensland for National Science Week 2017. By organising an event in Townsville UQ will be able to reach an audience that may not be exposed to science events like these as often.


$9,900 1
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