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

Upcoming events:

  When  Gladstone  Chinchilla
  Term 4 Week 4

 Tuesday 30 October 2018


 Wednesday 31 October 2018


 Week 2

 Thursday 18 October 2018


 Friday 19 October 2018


 TopicsBoth workshops will be delivered on each  event day. Please see below workshop  topics. Both workshops will be delivered on each event  day. Please see below workshop topics. 



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

Term 4 Workshop topics:

Workshop 1: Flight Club

Investigate how the animal kingdom has perfected the art of flying using knowledge, expertise and resources shared by Queensland Museum. In this hands-on workshop, you will get up close and personal with Museum specimens to examine the unique features and adaptations that enable flight. Explore how you can connect these biological understandings with design and technologies concepts in our ‘Flight Club Challenge’ before examining ways in which workshop content can be adapted to further extend student engagement with science.

Curriculum Relevance:

Year 5 – Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6 – The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Year 7 – Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces, including Earth’s gravitational attractions, acting on the objects (ACSSU117)

Workshop 2: Earth Shattering Science

In this workshop you will use evidence collected by scientists at the Queensland Museum to identify how the Earth has changed over time. You will also investigate how the theory of plate tectonics can explain geological changes and become an engineer to solve a real-world problem using design-thinking and mathematics. 

Curriculum Relevance:

Year 9 – The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement (ACSSU180)

Year 6 – Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)

Teacher Professional Development

During workshops, Queensland Museum facilitators guide Years 5 – 9 teachers 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.

Bookings: All events are free of charge, but bookings are required. 

Additional support: The Future Makers program can support teachers from remote schools within the region 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.

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