Upcoming 2019 Teacher Professional Development workshops:

Term 3, 2019Tuesday 10 OR Wednesday 11 September 2019


Tuesday 27 OR Wednesday 28 August 2019


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


School of Rocks

Rocks and minerals have been used by humans and our ancestors for millennia. Explore the formation and properties of rocks and their uses, and investigate the effects of volcanic activity.

Curriculum links

  • Year 6 Earth and space sciences
  • Year 8 Earth and space sciences

Problematic Polymers

It can be difficult to imagine modern life without plastic. Despite its many uses, plastic has been criticised for its detrimental effects on our planet. Within this workshop, you will explore the impact of plastics on living things and the environment, and conduct an innovative experiment to investigate more sustainable ways of living.

Curriculum links

  • Year 8 Chemical sciences
  • Year 8 Biological sciences
  • Year 6 Chemical sciences


Watch these short clips to see what Future Makers Teacher Professional Development is all about.

What is Future Makers 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

This Teacher Professional Development workshop forms part of an ARC Linkage Project (LP106101374: Community-based STEM professional learning for teachers of middle years) led by the University of Queensland. As part of your attendance at this workshop, your school will be approached with an offer to participate in the ARC Linkage research project.

The research project will assist us to assess the impact of the professional development we are providing, to continue to be able to provide similar workshops in the future, or to make improvements where needed.