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 science curriculum.

Benefits for teachers include:

  • collaboration and engagement with the Queensland Museum and QGC
  • professional development opportunities
  • resources for learning
  • access to industry professionals from Queensland Museum Network and QGC
  • tools to encourage a love of STEM in curious minds.

Connecting industry with classrooms

Future Makers helps schools in Brisbane and Queensland’s regions bring STEM subjects to life by connecting them to the knowledge and experience of real-life industry professionals from QGC and Queensland Museum Network.  Resources and artefacts from the Queensland Museum’s collections are also made accessible to schools either physically or in virtual form.


“Our involvement with the Future Makers program has been a really positive experience for both teachers and students, with students’ results vastly improving at the end of 2015 when compared to past results. At the end of Semester 1, 46% of year 9 science students rated a ‘High Achievement’ or better; by the end of Semester 2 that figure was 64%.”

Head of Maths and Science, Chinchilla State High School

Useful links

Science policy

  • Australia’s Chief Scientist – The latest news and publications from Australia’s Chief Scientist.
  • Advance Queensland – Learn how, through Advance Queensland, the Queensland Government is investing in our future by harnessing innovation to strengthen and diversify the economy and create jobs.

 Science Education

  • Queensland Museum loan kits – You can borrow kits and sets of museum specimens and artefacts from QM Loans to engage learners in your classroom.
  •  Queensland Museum Resources – Resources for schools and groups, kids and families, and adults, including activities, online learning programs, games, school resources, fact sheets and more.
  • The University of Queensland – This reputable school is working with Future Makers to create and share knowledge that will shape policies and practices in the global education community.
  • The Cube, QUT – The Cube is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of QUT’s Science and Engineering research.
  • QUT STEM for Schools – A repository of QUT’s school-focused STEM initiatives.
  • Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority – An overview of the Australian curriculum in Queensland.
  • Queensland Department of Education and Training STEM resources – Includes information about the Queensland Government’s STEM initiatives.
  • Department of Education and Training – Includes details of curriculum initiatives, and education programs and events.
  • Inspiring Australia – Australia’s National strategy for science engagement.
  • STARportal Hub – Search for events, programs, and activities in your community that inspire young people to develop the skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.

Science Career Programs

  • National Youth Science Forum – A 12 day holiday program for students commencing Year 12 who are considering a career in science, engineering or technology. Activities focus on personal development, career awareness and scientific research and experimentation.
  • Science and Engineering Challenge – An outreach program for Year 9 and 10 students conducted nationally by the University of Newcastle. Each challenge day offers 250 students a series of competitive activities designed to demonstrate the varied and practical elements of a career in the science and engineering industries and provide information about possible career options.
  • The Science Experience – Check out the Queensland dates for these science activities guided by scientists who love their work. Students can perform experiments in laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

  • Chemical Science Activities – Activities exploring various chemical reactions.
  • Sustainable Futures – Sustainable Futures is an educational program that combines the latest in climate science with education in sustainability. (This program was formerly known as CarbonKids.)
  • CSIRO Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards program – A non-competitive program which allows students to undertake real life science and technology research programs involving creativity, perseverance and application. An in-school activity with teaching and support material on the website.
  • Scientists in Schools – A program promoting long-term partnerships between scientists/engineers and teachers to mentor students doing science projects, arrange excursions, discuss science careers and ‘hot topics’ and many other activities.

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

  • RiAus – Reaching around the country and across the world, RiAus runs a variety of seasonal programs and events.
  • STEM Career Packs – Aims to make students aware of careers in STEM and the importance of STEM in their everyday lives. The career resources are aimed at primary, middle school teachers and careers counsellors, which include interview footage and classroom activities aligned to the Australian Curriculum.
  • RiAus Education pages – This is home to a number of education projects designed to engage students in STEM and to promote STEM careers.
  • Australia’s Science Channel – RiAus has launched RiAus TV, which aims to promote public awareness and understanding of science.

Science Events and Centres

  • Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) – An annual 9-10 day residential program for Indigenous students from around Australia to experience a rich curriculum of science, maths and technology delivered by leading teachers and scientists. The program also offers a cultural component and is based at the Australian Science and Maths School.
  • National Science Week – Australia’s annual celebration of Science and Technology, with more than 1000 science events around the nation, encouraging an interest in science pursuits among the general public.
  • Primary Industry Centre for Science and Education (PICSE) – A national initiative providing Primary Industries-based teacher and student resources to help today’s students become tomorrow’s scientists. They have a range of activities which include an industry placement scholarship, Science investigation awards, a year 9/10 science camp, Teacher Professional Development and Science for Growth Awards.
  • How to advance your STEM career by starting a blog – Whether you work with young people, research full-time, or you’re employed in a commercial setting, you can advance your STEM career to a new level just by blogging.