Lockyer Regional Student Conference - 2018

Students from the Lockyer region gathered at the University of Queensland campus in Gatton to share their responses to the Wonder of Science challenge tasks and take part in fun workshops. They competed for the title of Regional Champion and an invitation to present to their peers from all the Queensland regions at the State Conference to be held in November at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus. 

The regional student conferences provide the opportunity for students to practise effective science communication, conveying the process and outcomes of their scientific inquiry project which builds higher order thinking skills and develops scientific understanding.

Well done to all the students from our participating schools, and particularly those teams selected to represent their class at the conference. Congratulations to the following student teams named regional champions who will join us at the State Conference in November:

Year 7 - St Mary's College, Ipswich
Year 8 - Rosewood State High School and Laidley State High School, tied 1st place
Year 9 - St Mary's College, Ipswich
Year 10 - Lockyer District State High School

Song: Everlasting [Top Shelf Sounds Release] 
Artists: Jansku Music provided by Top Shelf Sounds : https://goo.gl/18xxWt 

Young Science Ambassador, Ms Amy Chan, wins big in the Queensland Women in STEM Prizes

On the 24th of March, 2018, during the World Science Festival Brisbane, the winners of the Queensland Women in STEM Prizes were announced by the Minister for the Environment and Science Leeanne Enoch MP and Minister for Women Di Farmer MP. With over 10,000 views, Amy Chan was awarded the People's Choice award for her entry describing her research on sepsis and her motivation for continuing to raise the profile of women in STEM fields, titled "Mission Inflammation: Guarding against Collateral Damage in Infection" 

 Leeanne Enoch MP, Ms Amy Chan YSA, and Di Farmer MP. Photo credit: @qldscience (Twitter)

Leeanne Enoch MP, Ms Amy Chan YSA, and Di Farmer MP. Photo credit: @qldscience (Twitter)

This is Amy's second year as a Young Science Ambassador with Wonder of Science, and says her involvement in the WoS program (featured in her video entry) provided her with the confidence to apply for the award:

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!)

Congratulations to Amy and to the four other Young Science Ambassadors who entered the 2018 Queensland Women in STEM Prizes. Although voting has now closed, you can still view their entries and read about their amazing research by clicking their names below: 

Emily Furlong | "Understanding the weapons assembly factory in bacteria" 

Pingping Han | "Boning up: New treatment for osteoporosis"

Claudia Stocks | "Think zinc! Discovering new ways to fight infectious disease"

Nicole Stormon | "Solving oral health inequalities through research"