Wonder of Science 2018 Annual Report

The Wonder of Science 2018 Annual Report is now available!

  • 5555 students engaged

  • 216 participating classes

  • 790 students attending regional conferences across Queensland

  • Through the Young Science Ambassador program, Wonder of Science provided Queensland students ~20,000 hours of face-to-face contact with a scientist

  • Wonder of Science received 75,600 Twitter impressions across the year

Thank you to all our valued partners and schools. We look forward to working with you in 2019.

Download the annual report here

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Wonder of Science 2018 State Conference

Congratulations to all the teams who were selected from their local conferences throughout the year to represent their region at the Wonder of Science State Conference at The University of Queensland on November 30th, 2018. We're so glad you could join us to showcase your WoS STEM projects!

Please enjoy the 2018 State Conference highlights video and feel free to share it with your friends and family!

An extra special "WELL DONE!" to all those teams who presented such excellent STEM projects that they were awarded the title of 2018 State Champions:

Year 5

  • 1st place - Happy Valley State School, representing Mount Isa

  • 2nd place - Mansfield State School, representing Metro

  • 3rd place - Dalby South State School, representing Darling Downs South West

    Year 6

  • 1st place - Kimberley Park State School, representing Logan

  • 2nd place - Mansfield State School, representing Metro

  • 3rd place - Riverside Christian College, representing the North Coast

    Year 7

  • 1st place - St Mary’s College, Ipswich, representing the Lockyer Valley

  • 2nd place - Riverside Christian College, representing the North Coast

  • 3rd place - Shailer Park State School, representing Logan

    Year 8

  • 1st place - Roma State College, representing Darling Downs South West

  • 2nd place - Spinifex State College, representing Mount Isa

  • 3rd place - Marsden State High School, representing Logan

    Year 9

  • 1st place - Bundaberg State High School, representing the North Coast

  • 2nd place - Marsden State High School, representing Logan

  • 3rd place - St Mary's College Ipswich, representing the Lockyer Valley

Thank you to our wonderful partners, without whom we would not be able to reach as far and wide across our beautiful state: Arrow Energy, Glencore, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, The University of Queensland, the Australian Academy for Technology and Engineering, the Queensland Trust For Nature, Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre, the Queensland Government and Queensland Office of the Chief Scientist.


20 primary students from Logan attend Camp Koala at Aroona

Students from Year 6 at Daisy Hill State School, Kimberley Park State School, and Edens Landing State School went on an overnight camp to kick-off their Wonder of Science investigations into balancing agriculture and maintaining biodiversity. The camp was supported by a CommBank Grassroots Grant.

Totally Wild came along and filmed a segment all about the students and their quest to spot the range of threatened species that call Aroona home, including the Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby. On our second day, we planted 200 trees to regenerate a section of native forest!

Congratulations to the students - they were a credit to their schools and families. Thanks to the teachers and QTFN staff who accompanied us and made it all possible! Read the blog post all about it by clicking >here<.


Congratulations to Program Officer Dr Kaylene Butler for graduating from her PhD

Fanged kangaroos once lived in Queensland and palaeontologist Dr Kaylene Butler learned all about them when she studied their fossilised skulls! It’s super cool and Totally Wild thought so too - so they filmed a segment on her research. Read all about it and what sparked her interest in really REALLY old animals by clicking >here< to read our blog post and get the link to the Totally Wild episode.



Congratulations to our Young Science Ambassador, Amy Chan

Winner of People's Choice Award - 2018 Queensland Women in STEM Prizes

“I’d like to thank Wonder of Science for giving me the confidence to apply for the Queensland Women in STEM award. WoS gave me a lot of science communication practice and now I feel comfortable talking to other people about my PhD (I used to avoid doing this at all costs!)”

Read all about Amy's win and the other excellent YSA entries on our blog!

[photo credit: @qldscience (twitter)]


Students have a Totally Wild time with Flatback turtle research on Avoid Island

Ten Year 9 students had the awesome opportunity to experience marine ecology and conservation research for the Flatback turtles that nest on Avoid Island.

Thanks to Queensland Trust For Nature for their partnership with Wonder of Science and making this once in a lifetime experience come true!

All the adventure was captured by Totally Wild - click to watch Season 25, Episode 24


Day of STEM partnership

Wonder of Science recently launched a new education partnership with Day of STEM, the leading STEM career awareness program for Australian students. Day of STEM motivates students to pursue STEM careers by experiencing a day in the life of STEM professionals. The online, immersive experience allows students to explore careers through videos, interactive Q&A sessions and skill-based experiences. Covering themes such as innovation, cybersecurity, sports analytics, Women in STEM, medical technology and sustainability, Day of STEM is free for Australian teachers, students, parents and groups and enhances the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies. Register now.


Check out the highlight reel from the inaugural Wonder of Science State Conference, held on December 1st 2017 at the Advanced Engineering Building, University of Queensland.


Students are back from their sea-turtle adventure

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Some lucky students and ambassadors have just returned from their adventure on Avoid Island where they monitored the egg-laying behaviour of Flatback turtles. Ten Year 9 students and two Wonder of Science ambassadors had the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Nancy Fitzsimmons, world renowned sea turtle expert, and do hands-on sea-turtle research. Thanks to QTFN for partnership and making this once in a life time experience come true. Look out for our new turtle experts featuring on Totally Wild soon!

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Wonder of Science Inaugural State Conference

On Friday December 1st, Wonder of Science held their first ever State Conference. Students from all over Queensland gathered at the University of Queensland to present their challenge tasks to a panel of Young Science Ambassadors. All students competing had placed in a Wonder of Science regional conference, so the Ambassador judges did not have an easy job.

Congratulations to to our State Champions; Kimberley Park State School, Riverside Christian College, Taroom State School, Shailer Park State High School and Mount Gravatt State High School.

Feedback from the day has been excellent with 100% of teachers and students finding the conference an exciting and challenging experience.

Through out the day, students and conference attendees had the opportunity to meet a range of scientists and STEM industry experts and discuss their research and journeys in STEM. This was a favourite activity of students and teachers alike with students discovering and engaging with STEM fututre pathways. 

Thanks to all our partners for their contributions and here's to an even better 2018!

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Wonder of Science in action at the regional student conference at Dalby 


Wonder of Science and the Queensland Trust for Nature
Avoid Island Programme

 

Wonder of Science (WoS) partnered with the Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) to offer the Avoid Island Programme for ten year nine students from WoS schools across the state.

Two Young Science Ambassadors from WoS accompanied students on the trip, which offered a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to assist in the collection of vital data on Flatback turtles.

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“Seeing what the marine biologists did when studying the turtles gave me an understanding of what the future as a marine biologist would hold.”

“Seeing what the marine biologists did when studying the turtles gave me an understanding of what the future as a marine biologist would hold.”


Wonder of Science on Palm Island

Students at St Michael's School on Palm Island investigated how caring for the local environment helps to protect and promote dugong, sea turtles, and other marine life. Watch the video to see St Michael's students working with the Young Science Ambassadors and then celebrating their presentations with morning tea and dancing.

 


Regional Student Conference: Roma

Students from Roma and surrounding schools participated in a one-day student conference.

 Students presented their response to a challenge task aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Science. The regional student conferences provide the opportunity for students to participate in scientific inquiry which builds higher order thinking skills and develops scientific understanding. 

 

Wonder of Extreme Science Event

The Wonder of Extreme Science event was a unique opportunity for Year 10 science students and teachers from across Queensland to engage with top Australian science and technology role models in a free, one day seminar aimed at stimulating students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a career. 

The Wonder of Extreme Science included a key note presentation from Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, student workshops and the opportunity for students to get up close and personal with  leading entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists in the 'Speed Meet the Scientist' activity.