Scientific showcase at Dalby, Miles


The scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians of tomorrow will converge on Dalby and Miles next week for the 2018 Wonder of Science Regional Student Conferences.

Teams from 16 schools in the Western Downs Region will connect with PhD students from the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology in the Arrow Energy-sponsored conferences.

“This is the opportunity for young, enthusiastic school students in years five to nine to present their response to science and technologies curriculum-aligned challenges, that we set earlier this term,” Wonder of Science Manager Robyn Bull said.

Sixteen Western Downs schools are participating in Wonder of Science this year, exposing almost 1000 students in 52 classes.

“Teams of students from each school have been researching solutions to the challenges, and now it’s time to bring some of them together to showcase their efforts,” Ms Bull said.

“Our Young Science Ambassadors – university PhD research students – will be judging the student presentations and providing feedback to the teams – ultimately finding a winning team in each year level.”

Wonder of Science is a multi-university program hosted by The University of Queensland’s Graduate School.

It promotes STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in Queensland schools and is delivered in Western Downs through Arrow’s partnership.

Part of the program’s success with school students is the involvement of university students – the Young Science Ambassadors.

“Across the state, we have 100 ambassadors working in schools,” Ms Bull said.

“They are PhD research students, involved in a diverse array of STEM areas including astrophysics, bio-fabrication and 3D-printing of body parts, medical robotics, molecular science, ecology, nanomaterials, mechanical engineering and much more.

“They are very inspiring, and wonderful role models for students.”

This is the fifth year that Arrow Energy has brought Wonder of Science into the Western Downs.

“We’re a company with a large percentage of scientists and engineers, so we have a common interest in supporting the next generation of STEM practitioners,” Arrow Vice President, External Relations and Tenure Management Leisa Elder said.

“It’s not just about creating scientists and engineers – if you’re checking the water quality in your dam or the pH levels in your soil, you’re using science and technology, probably some engineering and a little maths.

“By backing Wonder of Science, we are helping ensure Western Downs students have the same opportunities as STEM pupils in city schools.”

The Western Downs conferences will be held at the multipurpose hall at Dalby South State School and the Miles Leichhardt Centre on the 26 and 27 June respectively.

Winning teams will be invited to represent the region at the state conference in December at The University of Queensland.

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What: Dalby Regional Student Conference
When: 9:00am – 2:00pm, June 26
Where: Multipurpose Hall, Dalby South State School, Cnr Bunya and Hogan streets, Dalby Q 4405

What: Miles Regional Student Conference
When: 9:00am – 2:00pm, June 27
Where: Miles Leichhardt Centre, 29 Dawson St, Miles Q 4415

Media contacts:

Wonder of Science:
Robyn Bull, Manager
T: 0410 265 404 E:

Arrow Energy
Media unit
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