Wonder of Science Makes a Mark at this year’s WiT Awards!
There was great excitement at Wonder of Science when Young Science Ambassadors, Amy Chan and Hana Starobova were announced “Co-winners” of the Life Sciences Young Achiever Award at this year’s Women in Technology (WiT) black tie event at Brisbane City Hall, 30 August. Claudia Stocks was also a finalist in this category.
Our Director, Robyn Bull was also recognised at the event with a “Highly Commended” in the Community Award for her leadership of the Young Science Ambassador program and their impact on communities across Queensland. One of our Flying Scientists, Jyotsna Batra was also a finalist in the Life Sciences Research Leader Award.
Doctors Soi Law and Jacqui Wong joined the WoS team and consultant Maria Barrret for the celebration event, along with our special guests, Belinda Bern, Director UQ Graduate School, Kym Amor, Executive Principal Foxwell State Secondary College, Joanna Osborn, QTFN Marketing & Partnerships and Kaye North, DET STEM Champion.
Congratulations to our finalists and Awardees!
Wonder of Science Returns to Darling Downs South West
This year 1083 students from 17 Darling Downs South West schools (62 classes) from Year 5 - 9 participated in Wonder of Science thanks to generous funding from Arrow Energy! Thirty-six Young Science Ambassadors visited schools throughout the term assisting students with their Wonder of Science Challenge Tasks. Over 240 students were selected to represent their schools at Regional Conferences at either Dalby South State School in June or Miles State High School in July.
Representative teams from each school presented the results of their WoS challenge tasks for the term and participated in a "physics meets art", “science communication” and "cornflour slime" workshops throughout the conferences. The students also participated in Q and A sessions with our Young Science Ambassadors. At Dalby, the WoS Trophies were presented by Arrow Energy Operations Manager for the Surat - Maxwell Murray. Congratulations to all of the winning teams and to all of the students who participated!
- Year 5 - Meandarra State School
- Year 6 - Moonie State School
- Year 7 - Roma State College
- Year 8 - Taroom State School
- Year 9 - Tara Shire State School
- Year 5 - Drillham State School
- Year 6 - Dalby South State School
- Year 7 - Dalby State High School
- Year 8 - Bell State School
- Year 9 - Bell State School
Wonder of Science was also privileged to have WIN News Toowoomba, Chinchilla News and ABC Radio report on the conferences. Thank you again to Arrow Energy for their continued support of Wonder of Science in Darling Downs South West.
Young Science Ambassador Awards Night
Wonder of Science honoured their 2019 Young Science Ambassadors in a celebration event with drinks and canapes and lots and LOTS of great networking with the Stay n Stray activity! Read more in our blog!
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
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:
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
1st place - Kimberley Park State School, representing Logan
2nd place - Mansfield State School, representing Metro
3rd place - Riverside Christian College, representing the North Coast
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
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.