Future Makers Professional Development Western Downs - ONLINE

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FREE Online Professional Development for Western Downs teachers

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The Future Makers team will be providing online delivery of the Term 2 TPD workshops, exclusively for Western Downs and Gladstone region teachers.

These workshops will consist of a self-paced online course, which you can work through at a time that suits you, followed by short live group sessions to assist you to apply the materials in your classroom.

The online workshop will be available from 18 May, with live group sessions held between 1 - 12 June.

When you register, please nominate the times that suit you for the live group sessions, and also indicate if you would like a pack of materials posted to you (only for teachers in the Western Downs and Gladstone and surrounding regions).


Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species…

What do these words mean and why do they matter? This workshop explores our present system of scientific classification, investigating how and why living things are named and the processes used by scientists to accurately differentiate between, and determine the relatedness of living things.

Year 7 Science – Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111)

Year 10 Science – Transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (ACSSU184)


The world around us is incredibly complex. Due to interactions between organisms and the environment, slight changes in the ecosystem can potentially have far-reaching impacts. This workshop explores the complexity of a marine habitat and the effects of human activity on these ecosystems. Students will also consider how scientists are working to increase our understanding of this watery world, before becoming scientists themselves, investigating ocean acidification through hands-on experimentation.

Year 7 Science – Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs (ACSSU112)

Year 9 Science – Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)

Chemical reactions involve rearranging atoms to form new substances; during a chemical reaction mass is not created or destroyed (ACSSU178)

Within these workshops we will also present evidence-based strategies that can be modified to suit any year level.


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.

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