STEM PD Workshops
A number of workshops will be offered to teachers during 2013.
Overviews of workshops can be found below. Details regarding dates will be uploaded to the QMEA website periodically, and information regarding registration processes will be emailed to QMEA key teachers in schools.
Teachers interested in attending QMEA teacher professional development workshops should complete the expression of interest form and return to the QMEA key teacher in their school.
Teachers can download registration forms for individual activities by clicking on the location and date details below.
Inquiry-Based Learning in Science
Presented by Harry Kanasa, this full day workshop overviews inquiry-based learning with specific examples drawn from Earth Sciences and links to the Australian Curriculum from Years 6 – 10. Participants will be provided with opportunities to experience, discuss and develop inquiry-based activities.
Additional dates can be negotiated by contacting the QMEA STEM PD Coordinator.
Earth Science Upskilling
Specifically linked to concepts included in the Australian Curriculuam and Queensland Senior syllabuses, a suite of opportunities for teachers will allow for increased understanding of local industry and links with local companies. These opportunities include attendance at the QMEA Rock Tour, participation in TESEP workshops and general industry engagement aimed at increasing understanding of the earth sciences and relevance to the Queensland resources sector.
QMEA teachers from across the state will be invited to participate in the annual BMA Rock Tour in Emerald in April. Details will be sent via email to QMEA Key Teachers.
TESEP workshops will be offered at various times across the state during 2013. Teacher attendance at these activities will be promoted through the QMEA calendar and contacts in relevant regions. Further information is also available from the TESEP website.
Opportunities for Science Laboratory Technicians and Science Operations Officers
ConQEST, the annual Queensland Laboratory Technician Conference is held in Brisbane in June.
In 2012, the QMEA sponsored attendance for 5 laboratory technicians from across the QMEA to attend this event. Read more about their experiences on The Blog.
CONASTA, the annual National Science Teachers’ Conference will be held in Melbourne in 2013.
In 2012, the QMEA sponsored the attendance of Bundamba State Secondary College Science HOD Ms Joanne Leschke who presented on behalf of the QMEA.
STAQ, the state Science Teachers’ Association conference will be held in Brisbane in November 2013.
The QMEA will be sponsoring places for up to 5 teachers from across the QMEA to attend and present at this conference. Details will be provided to key teachers in October 2013.
Teachers will be provided with an overview of spatial technologies that are relevant to junior geography and science. A series of workshops will be delivered to make teachers aware of spatial technologies, and teachers will be encouraged to engage with industry to develop contextualised resources for use within QMEA and other schools.
Workshops will be offered in Brisbane and Townsville in 2013.
Building on QMEA’s established Robotics program, workshops will be offered to further develop teacher understanding of applications of robotic technologies within the resources sector. QMEA teachers will be encouraged to showcase the resources they have developed.
Several workshops will be delivered in 2013.
Engineering Technology PD
A series of workshops will draw on the expertise of Queensland teachers, Universities and local industry to provide teachers with opportunities to increase their knowledge of Engineering Technology concepts from the syllabus and resources sector applications. It will also provide an opportunity for teachers to gain knowledge in practical and industry applications, and take part in field trips.
Engineering Technology PD workshops will be held during 2013.
Applications for Arduino programming as part of the Science and Engineering Technology syllabuses have been developed and will form part of the Engineering Technology PD days in 2013.
A program designed to increase teacher confidence and competence in delivery of the AC for junior mathematics. Delivered by UQ staff, this 3 day intensive PD will offer an overview of Australian Curriculum concepts for Years 8-10, and effective pedagogy for delivery of this material through to senior studies.
Presenters Annette and Geoff Hilton from the University of Queensland will present a full day workshop on engaging pedagogy for teaching Australian Curriculum Mathematics concepts that will include a variety of hands on activities for use in the classroom. The workshop will be suitable for teachers of Years 7-10.
This PD was presented at a number of regional centres across the State including Cloncurry, Moura and Moranbah during Semester 1, 2012. Additional dates can be negotiated by contacting the QMEA STEM PD Coordinator.