09 Sep World Science Festival develops future STEM professionals
Over 2620 young, and young-at-heart, STEM enthusiasts enjoyed some serious scientific fun when the World Science Festival Queensland visited Gladstone over August 29 and 30.
The festival, which is presented by Queensland Museum Network with support from Community Partner Shell’s QGC business, featured 16 stallholders including scientists, archaeologists, palaeontologists, and headline events including The Kid’s Variety Hour featuring live experiments from Big Bang Education, and an appearance from Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, who answered science questions virtually via a live stream.
Shell’s QGC business’s Asset Manager Krishna Venkatesan said its Future Makers partnership with Queensland Museum was, at its heart, about delivering STEM-based learning opportunities to local schools and the broader community.
“We entered into the Future Makers partnership around five years ago because we’re passionate about inspiring students to pursue careers in science and STEM-related subjects,” he said.
“Energy companies like ours rely on STEM professionals, they’re a critical part of our everyday operations.
“From the geologists who do our mapping and ground research, to our environmental scientists who make sure we’re delivering energy in a responsible and sustainable way, and the production and maintenance technicians who ensure our LNG plant runs safely and efficiently – we all work together under the STEM banner to constantly adapt and innovate, to bring cleaner energy to Queensland and the world.”
Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said they were really excited to have the festival, which travels around Queensland, back in Gladstone after missing last year due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
“Gladstone always really welcomes the World Science Festival and we love coming here,” he said.
“Queensland Museum at its core is really a science and natural history museum, we try to promote science at every opportunity and we have partnerships like this one that celebrate science with events throughout Queensland.
“It’s really important for us to continue to promote STEM subjects as we want to develop the scientists of the future, and this (the festival) is a great way to do that.”
Toolooa State High School Teacher David Capill said the festival was an “awesome, authentic opportunity for our students to see science in practice”.
“Coming from a high school perspective, it’s a great opportunity for students to have a look at authentic and real life situations, and options for future careers as well,” he said.
“It is really important for our students.”