From a fashion project to an after-dark library experience this year’s National Science Week is set to inspire and ignite your curiosity with an array of exciting STEM activations, delivered by community event-holders.
With over fifty applications, the Queensland National Science Week Coordinating Committee had their work cut out for them, funding a total of ten projects across the state in this year’s grant round.
“It’s wonderful to see such commitment to STEM engagement in Queensland and while online activations are still present, there is a welcome return of in-person and hybrid events this year.” – Queensland National Science Week Grants Committee Member
The 2021 Seed Grant Recipients
STEM with Style, Gold Coast innovation Hub
The Gold Coast Innovation Hub will be running 2 x 3hr micro workshops for young women to learn how to infuse technology in their favourite clothing. Utilising 3D printing and electronics, participants will learn how to add a modern twist to timeless crafts, mixing millinery with microchips and applique with accelerometers to create fun, interactive garments whilst developing key STEM skills.
STEM with Style Micro Workshops includes an important education piece around sustainability in fashion, which drives enquiry based learning.
Travelling Bee Roadshow, Victoria Point State High School
Visiting feeder primary schools to educate students about the importance of native bees in the ecosystem. Use of our beehives to show students real-life bees. Use Arduino technology to capture bee activity to share.
STEM Classes in the Great Outdoors, Outdoors Queendland Ltd
The project will showcase the benefits of teaching STEM subjects outdoors to encourage Students and Teachers to love learning STEM and because children love learning in the great outdoors. Learning outdoors is more fun, productive and rewarding for everyone. Nature Play QLD will launch its new Outdoor Learning Program and STEM Lesson Plans during Science Week.
Switch on to Science, Redland Museum
This public event will inform, excite, and inspire school students and other people by demonstrating and explaining the science, technology, and engineering underlying the many working displays of vintage equipment in our museum. Vintage equipment is ideal to demonstrate science because it is simple and easier to understand.
Indigenous Science Experience at Logan, Macquarie University
The Indigenous Science Experience at Logan will provide free, immersive Indigenous STEM activities for primary school students from low socioeconomic status schools. This event will celebrate the rich cultural and STEM knowledge held by Indigenous Australians and highlight its value to students.
Science After Dark: Night at the Library, Tablelands Regional Council
“Science After Dark” will offer the Tablelands community a night of interactive activities and information sessions delivered at the Atherton Library in partnership with Tablelands Regional Council and local science community stakeholders. Activities will include robotics, coding and other hands-on activities, as well as presentations from local science leaders.
Professor Tech – Introduction to Awesome (Extended Reality), The CREATE Lab
Come and join Professor Michael Cowling (Professor Tech) and the CREATE Lab crew to experience awesome new worlds through XR – Virtual, Augmented and Mixed realities. You can interact with holograms or even pet a virtual dinosaur, but be careful he doesn’t make you walk the virtual plank! Seriously cool.
The Queensland BioQuest, Earth Guardians Pty Ltd
A Queensland-wide online BioQuest and three in-person BioQuest events led by qualified QuestaGame guides in regional botanic gardens will raise awareness amongst the community to their local biodiversity while also helping map it.
Into the Depths of the Fascinating World of Whales, Sharks and Jellyfish, Shark Ecology Australia, Griffith University
Sharks, jellyfish, and whales are iconic marine animals though only a few species are commonly known. We intend to undertake an interactive and engaging event bringing the experience of researchers to lure and encourage both young and adult minds to experience the magic and charisma of these animals.
The National Science Week Great Barrier Reef Science Celebration: Citizen Science Challenge and Ultimate Holiday Adventure Prize, QUT ACEMathsStats
Celebrate your sense of wonder and the Great Barrier Reef this National Science Week!
Enjoy activities including a launch with special STEM guests, reef guides, “Reef Today” film-making, and a citizen science challenge to help the reef – and win the ultimate Great Barrier Reef citizen science adventure holiday prize!
Holding a National Science Week event? Make sure you register on the National Science Week website to unlock your free training session: Meet the Media.
Meet the Media is an online forum with panellists from TV, radio, print and online media sharing what they look for in a story, what gets covered, their timelines, and what they need from event organisers.
This session will be held six weeks before Science Week and is restricted to registered event-holders.
The Queensland National Science Week Coordinating Committee is offering grants up to $5,000 for activities delivered during or close to National Science Week: 14–22 August 2021.
The purpose of the grants is to increase community engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based activities during National Science Week in Queensland. These can be online, in-person or hybrid events. All in-person event proposals will need to be include reference to COVID-19 considerations and contingency plans.
We are especially interested in initiatives that build science capability, engagement, and networks in the regions. Where possible, we encourage applicants to collaborate with existing local organisations, including STEM Hubs.