Regional Program | Chinchilla
12 & 13 February 2016

The World Science Festival Brisbane, Regional Program in Chinchilla gave Darling Downs communities the opportunity to engage with and be excited by science.

Student Day 12 February 2016: 200 students from Chinchilla State High School, Dalby State High School and Tara Shire State College got hands-on with a fun and informative Engineers Without Borders workshop. They also got a chance to ‘Speed Meet a Scientist’ – chatting with eight STEM professionals about their work in a range of fields including paleontology, parasitology, engineering, marine biology and photography.

Future Makers VIP event 12 February 2016: Members of Chinchilla’s education and business communities celebrated the success of the Future Makers classroom program, which has been piloted in Chinchilla State High School’s year 9 classrooms. The audience was treated to a special performance by ABC’s Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman.

Community Day 13 February 2016: 2,000 Darling Downs residents enjoyed a range of interactive science exhibitions, fun hands-on activities, and a series of interesting science presentations and shows. The event was a great success with people of all ages engaging with scientists and learning how their research and discoveries are making a real difference to our world.

Chinchilla highlights reel

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Student Day feedback:

“Our students returned from the Student Day and, within a couple of hours, our Chemistry Club had 40 new members! 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.”

– Head of Maths and Science, Chinchilla State High School

“You have brought career options and inspiring scientists to our students. Many who have lived in a small town their entire lives. They don’t know ‘what’s out there’ sometimes.”

– Teacher, Chinchilla State High School

“A great opportunity for regional students to meet scientists and experience science.”

– Teacher, Tara Shire State College

“Interesting because I didn’t realize how science impacts our everyday lives.”

– Female, year 11, Chinchilla State High School

“This event was an amazing experience, I learnt a lot, and today definitely encouraged me to pursue a pathway towards a STEM-related career.”

– Female, year 10, Chinchilla State High School

“Very fun and very educational. It was interesting and kept me captivated.”

– Male, year 12, Tara Shire State College

“Excellent program to show the many different options science has to offer.”

– Female, year 12, Dalby State High School

Community Day feedback:

“Highly recommend. Once in a lifetime opportunity. Full of information, activities and experiments that will blow your mind. One incredible event that I was extremely fortunate to attend.”

“Great! A wonderful opportunity with children in the region able to experience science.”

“Inspirational and hands on science. Great to see all aspects of science, including photography.”

“Very cool and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“My children and I loved it!!”