Teachers throughout the Gladstone Region will have the opportunity to step out of the classroom to engage with the local environment on July 23rd thanks to a collaboration between Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and CQ University.  

Educators are being invited to register for an upcoming workshop and Think Tank session about how they can best use the educational resource kit developed by The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership in their classrooms. 

The GHHP Education Resource Kit has been developed to provide a useful tool for teachers to educate students about how the health of the harbour is being monitored. Utilising the GHHP resources such as the annual Report Card and children’s storybook the comprehensive package is aimed at building not only the student’s knowledge of harbour health testing but also the scientific processes involved. The GHHP Education Resource Kit provides an opportunity within the education system, for the community to gain an understanding of what is happening locally in the Gladstone region. 

Linda Pfeiffer, CQ University Senior Lecturer & Australia Pacific LNG STEM Project Lead said the upcoming workshops and Think Tank sessions to be held on Quoin Island, were a fantastic opportunity for local primary school and pre-service teachers to experience STEM hands-on and be immersed in the experiences so they can take their knowledge back into their classroom.  

“GHHP have produced an education resource kit, mapped to the Australian curriculum for Primary School teachers. The project we are undertaking together is to enhance the resource kit by bringing to life the activities that are in the kit on Quoin Island with a visit to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre,” Dr Pfeiffer explained.  

This will provide the teachers with a real-world experience within the marine and harbour environment, which Dr Pfeiffer says is critical in science and STEM teaching. “In Gladstone, we are fortunate enough to have an industrial harbour as well as the Great Barrier Reef. Professional learning experiences like this can be limited in a regional location. Experiences such as this and projects like this – that are mapped to the curriculum, provide real-world experiences and local, regional context are crucial to bringing STEM into the classroom,” Dr Pfeiffer added.