CQUniversity’s Dr Lisa Pfeiffer and and Fitzroy Basin Project Officer Kelly Smith want to introduce science teachers to key aspects of Gladstone’s diverse environment.
CQUniversity’s Dr Lisa Pfeiffer and and Fitzroy Basin Project Officer Kelly Smith want to introduce science teachers to key aspects of Gladstone’s diverse environment.

Teachers become students at hands-on science class

CQUniversity Gladstone campus will be bursting with primary school teachers from across Queensland in August for National Science Week.

The university is holding a hands-on event open to teachers and pre-service teachers, on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23.

An $18,266 grant received from the QGC will help to grow the exciting event.

Coordinator and CQUniversity Research Fellow Dr Linda Pfeiffer said the Gladstone Marina campus location was a perfect hub for practical experiences for teachers.

"We'll look at a number of aspects of environmental science in Gladstone - from water quality testing in our lab, to a guided industry bus tour, a Botanic Gardens visit, and a networking event with long-time wildlife educator Ranger Stacey from Totally Wild," Dr Pfeiffer said.

The two-day event will also include a theatrical challenge for participants, to perform "The Mangrove Drama", and a boat trip and tour of Quoin Island's Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

Presentations from local organisations will include Gladstone Industry Leadership Group, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Rio Tinto Alcan and the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre.

"This is a great opportunity for teachers to experience first-hand how local organisations and businesses are using environmental science in the real world," Dr Pfeiffer said.

Sessions will be linked to the Australian Science Curriculum. The $150 cost per participant includes all resources, sessions and meals. All participants will receive a certificate to meet Professional Development requirements.

For more information about the CQUniversity Science Education Experience contact Dr Linda Pfeiffer on l.pfeiffer@cqu.edu.au.



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