Upcoming 2019 Teacher Professional Development workshops:

Term 2, 2019Wednesday 8 OR Thursday 9 May 2019


Tuesday 30 April OR Wednesday 1 May 2019


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.

Future Makers Term 2 Topics 2019 – Eras of Discovery

There are times throughout human history where science understanding and discovery increase suddenly. What are the reasons behind these sudden drives of human endeavour?

Workshop 1: Lost in Space

In this ‘out of this world’ workshop you will explore how far humans have come in travel and exploration, investigate the conditions on Earth, and look to the future to determine the perfect planet and shelter design for Australia’s extra-terrestrial base. You will use mathematics to calculate a scale model of the Solar System, then stomp your way through deep space using the principles of design to build the best paper stomp rocket. 

Lost in Space is another inquiry-based workshop brought to you by Future Makers. It will link to the below Science Understanding strands, while also covering much of the Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills strands. There are also links to Design and Technologies for years 5 to 8, and the general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities.  

Science Understanding

Year 5

Earth and space sciences – The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078)

Year 7

Earth and space sciences – Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (ACSSU115)

Workshop 2: Physics of the First World War

You are on the Western Front during the First World War. The enemy is rapidly advancing. Lives are being lost. You need to communicate this situation to your supervisors, but how? Identify and describe your location in the battlefield, and use physics concepts to: create a periscope to see beyond the trenches; identify energy transfer and transformations; and, communicate your observations between the trenches.

This hands-on workshop will bring physics to life, highlighting how human endeavour can be a matter of survival.

Science Understanding

Year 5

Physical Sciences – Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)

Year 6

Physical Sciences – Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097)

Year 8

Physical Sciences – Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems (ACSSU155)

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.

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