Teachers are getting innovative in the lab

01 September 2016

Teachers are breaking new ground in the lab guiding students into an innovative future with the help of the Creative Lab workshop.

The Queensland Museum Network created the professional development workshop ‘Creative Lab’ to alleviate the declining Queensland student enrolments and performance in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) subjects.

Unlike other workshops, Creative Lab provides teachers not only with new engaging strategies and creative methodologies for teaching STEAM but access to Queensland Museum objects, exhibitions and industry professionals from the Museum, STEPup, Engineers without Borders and CSIRO thanks to the support of QGCs Future Makers project.

Queensland Museum Network CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller is proud to be part of this program supporting Queensland teachers.

“Jobs requiring skills and knowledge in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are constantly evolving and it’s vital to invest in and support teacher’s professional development to ensure we can continue to produce creative and innovative future leaders in this field.”

“Housing the state collection also gives the Queensland Museum Network the unique opportunity to provide teachers with access to inspirational objects to help bring STEAM subjects to life,” she said.

Participants will rotate through three workshops designed to engage with museum objects and industry professionals while working through STEAM engagement strategies to implement in the classroom.

Subjects covered include humanitarian engineering, marine ecosystems and indigenous science and teaching.

Creative Lab has been designed in collaboration with STEPup, Engineers without Borders, CSIRO and supported by QGC’s Future Makers project.

Running from 14-15 October 2016 the professional development program costs $221.50. To book and register, visit qtix.com.au.

Media: Christine Robertson, Media Officer 0417 741 710 media@qm.qld.gov.au