Future Makers Professional Development – Gladstone Term 2

MacArthur Room, 8 May, 9.30am-3pm

08 May
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Event Cost: FREE event!

Future Makers provides teachers with professional development that directly aligns STEM skills, inquiry learning and the Queensland Museum’s collections with the Australian Curriculum.

Workshops are suitable for teachers of year levels 5 through to 9.

Future Makers is an initiative of the Queensland Museum and Shell’s QGC project.

See below for topics and curriculum links.


Date: Register for either Wednesday 8 May 2019 OR Thursday 9 May 2019

Workshops will be repeated on each day to assist schools managing teacher relief.

Teachers from remote schools within the region, needing to travel to attend this event can apply for overnight accommodation support.

Inclusions: 2 x STEM workshops, Morning Tea, Lunch, Networking Afternoon Tea


9:30am – 10:00am, 30 mins, Arrival/Registration of delegates and Morning Tea

10:00am – 10:30am, 30 mins, Introductions

10:30am – 12:00pm, 90 mins, Workshop Session 1 – Lost in Space

12:00 – 12:45pm, 45 mins, Lunch

12:45pm – 2:15pm, 90 mins, Workshop Session 2 – Physics of the First World War

2:15pm – 3:00pm, 45 mins, Networking Afternoon Tea

Topics – Eras of Discovery

There are times throughout human history where science understanding and discovery increase suddenly. What are the reasons behind these sudden drives of human endeavour?

Workshop 1: Lost in Space

50 years ago the first humans walked on the moon, and today you start training for the Australian Space Agency! To begin your astronaut training you will first investigate how far we have come in travel and exploration. You will then be assigned your first mission – studying the conditions of the planets in our solar system, comparing these with Earth and determining the perfect planet for Australia’s extra-terrestrial base. To survive on another planet you will have to design a shelter that will allow humans to survive in harsh conditions. As an astronaut you will also create the first manned Australian Spacecraft to land on the moon!

Lost in Space is another inquiry-based workshop brought to you by Future Makers. It will link to the below Science Understanding strands, while also covering much of the Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills strands. There are also links to Design and Technologies for years 5 to 8, and the general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities.

Science Understanding

Year 5 – Earth and space sciences

The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078)

Year 7 – Earth and space sciences

Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (ACSSU115)

Workshop 2: Physics of the First World War

You are on the Western Front during the First World War. The enemy is rapidly advancing. Lives are being lost. You need to communicate this situation to your supervisors, but how? Identify and describe your location in the battlefield, and use physics concepts to: create a periscope to see beyond the trenches; identify energy transfer and transformations; and, communicate your observations between the trenches.

This hands-on workshop will bring physics to life, highlighting how human endeavour can be a matter of survival.

Science Understanding

Year 5 – Physical Sciences

Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)

Year 6 – Physical Sciences

Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097)

Year 8 – Physical Sciences

Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems (ACSSU155)


This Teacher Professional Development workshop forms part of an ARC Linkage Project (LP106101374: Community-based STEM professional learning for teachers of middle years) led by the University of Queensland. As part of your attendance at this workshop, your school will be approached with an offer to participate in the ARC Linkage research project.

The research project will assist us to assess the impact of the professional development we are providing, to continue to be able to provide similar workshops in the future, or to make improvements where needed.


Jillian Roberts, Future Makers Learning Manager, Queensland Museum

Chae Swindell, Future Makers Learning Officer, Queensland Museum

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