Guiding a new generation

Future Makers provides teachers with learning programs, activities and resources that directly align the Queensland Museum’s objects and collections with the Australian Curriculum. These include:

  • Teacher Professional Development Events
  • Industry Professional Classroom Events
  • Future Makers and Queensland Museum Learning Resources
  • STEM Links and other resources

Teacher Professional Development

During workshops, Queensland Museum facilitators guide teachers of middle years school levels through collaborative activities designed to develop the skills and confidence required to deliver innovative and engaging STEM activities in the classroom. This series is unlike other professional development programs, giving teachers access to Queensland Museum resources inspired by treasures from the State Collection, QMN exhibitions and research that all relate directly back to the middle years Australian Curriculum.  All workshops are designed to strengthen pedagogy within the classroom and are suitable for a range of experience levels.  The events are provided entirely free of charge to teachers from the Western Downs and Central Queensland region.

Term 3 Workshop topics:

What’s in a name? Classification explained.

Kingdom, phylum, class, order… in this workshop you will explore the present system of classification, investigating how and why living things are named. Several hands-on activities feature throughout the workshop to help you and your students connect with the process of classification. These activities and pedagogical techniques will engage students in your classroom as they become scientists, classifying organisms and using DNA sequences to predict the relationships between living things. Explore the real-world application of STEM as we reveal how Queensland Museum scientists use genetic classification to make new discoveries.

Revealing marine ecosystems: Interactions and chemical reactions.

The world around us is incredibly complex – the interactions between organisms and the environment result in small changes potentially having far reaching impacts. In this workshop you will explore the marine environment through the use of Queensland Museum specimens and practical chemistry experiments designed to facilitate student inquiry. Learn about ecosystems, human impacts, and the scientists working to increase our understanding of this watery world, and then examine ways in which workshop content can be adapted to further extend student engagement with STEM.

Both workshops will be delivered on each event day.

Term 4 Workshop topics:

Topics will be announced shortly.

Bookings: All events are free of charge, but bookings are required, book via the links below.

Additional support: The Future Makers program can support teachers who need to travel longer than 90 minutes with the provision of one night’s accommodation.  Please indicate on registration if your require this support.

Research Participation: Teachers registering to attend Future Makers Teacher Professional Development may be invited by University of Queensland to participate in our ARC Linkage Research GrantCommunity-based STEM professional learning for teachers of middle years.  Participation in research is optional and does not impact registration for PD.

Upcoming events:

  When  Gladstone  Chinchilla
  Term 3  Week 3, Tuesday 31 July and Wednesday 1 August   


  Week 4, Tuesday 7 August and Wednesday 8 August


  Term 4  Week 4, Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31   October


  Week 2,  Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October




  All events in the series will be facilitated by Jillian Roberts, Future Makers Learning Manager and Chae Swindell, Future Makers Learning Officer

Watch this short clip to see what Future Makers Teacher Professional Development is all about.