Future Makers is committed to helping students, educators and the community engage in the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

In the Western Downs and Gladstone regions, Future Makers aims to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals to create a highly capable future workforce. Below is a snapshot of the community events that have been held since the partnership began in 2016.

World Science Festival Brisbane Regional Program

Since 2016, Queensland Museum and Shell QGC have been proud to support Queensland communities getting involved locally in the World Science Festival Brisbane. These events have been designed to engage community members in stimulating and inspiring experiences unique to each location and offering a selection of STEM-related activities such as discussions with leading scientists, workshops, hands-on activities or visual displays.

2016 – Chinchilla

In February 2016 the World Science Festival Brisbane Regional Program took place in Chinchilla. Some of the highlights from this year included:

  • 200 students got hands-on with a fun and informative Engineers without Borders workshop. They also got to ‘Speed meet a scientist’ and chat to STEM professionals about their work in a range of fields including paleontology, parasitology, engineering, marine biology and photography.
  • Members of Chinchilla’s education and business communities celebrated the success of the Future Makers classroom program, with a special performance by ABC’s Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman.
  • 2,000 Darling Downs residents enjoyed a range of interactive science exhibitions, fun hands-on activities, and a series of interesting science presentations and shows.

2017 – Chinchilla and Gladstone

From late March to early April 2017 the Gladstone and Chinchilla communities were completely transformed by science and science themed activities. Some of the highlights in both regions included:  


  • Over 200 students attended events at the Gladstone Cultural Centre and another 200 out in regional schools were inspired.
  • A Community Day was held in Gladstone on Saturday 4 March which saw an entire community connected with and inspired by science.


  • More than 200 students and over 1500 community members descended on the Cultural Centre to welcome in the school holidays.
  • More than 200 students and over 1,500 community members descended upon the Cultural Centre to welcome in the school holidays by connecting with science.
  • Additional activities were also held at Lapunyah Art Gallery and Chinchilla Library.

2017 – Hadron Collider exhibition

9 December 2016 to 25 April 2017

As part of the Future Makers Partnership Queensland Museum and Shell QGC proudly supported the Hadron Collider: step inside the world’s greatest experiment, the renowned Large Hadron Collider (LHC) exhibition. This exhibition was brought to Brisbane from the Science Museum, London in December 2016. It celebrates the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.  As part of this exhibition, Future Makers created a series of unique Learning Resources which are still available for use on this website.