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.