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Queensland Virtual STEM Academy

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Purpose

The QVSA will align STEM elements of Advancing education by:

  • delivering extension programs for the best and brightest students in Years 5 to 9
  • increasing access to specialist STEM experiences and opportunities
  • partnering with universities, business and industry to make sure our students are connected to cutting edge developments in STEM
  • building STEM teaching capacity through innovative and enabling technologies and sharing of best practice and innovation.

The QVSA network is leveraging its experiences and evidence of effective online learning strategies to develop alternative models of delivery and provide support to other state schools who wish to provide innovative approaches to:

  • address their student’s learning needs through increased access to subject specific expertise
  • increase teacher capacity and capability to deliver specific subject expertise.

The host site of the QVSA, based at the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) is responsible for the leading, coordinating and aligning network activities across individual school QVSA host sites.

Duration of program

2021

Eligibility

QVSA host schools are the only recipient due to their unique ability to lead the network and deliver the specified program outcome across the QVSA network.

The 5 host sites for the QVSA are:

  • Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT)
  • Thuringowa State High School / James Cook University Global Tropics Future Young Scholars program
  • Tropical North Learning Academy—Smithfield State High School / James Cook University Global Tropics Future Young Scholars program
  • Rockhampton State High School
  • Roma State College (site being established in 2021).

Allocation of funds

A budget of $112,000 is provided to QASMT to meet the operational requirements of the QVSA network and host sites and lead:

  • a virtually embedded collegial coaching and co-teaching pilot
  • professional development opportunities for QVSA staff
  • new host site establishment support and expansion of QVSA delivery to students.

In order to deliver a specific activity from the QVSA site at Thuringowa State High School, in collaboration with North Queensland region, Thuringowa State High School will receive:

  • $44,800 for delivery of a flexible/hybrid learning pilot to a nominated group of rural and remote schools.

In order to establish a new QVSA site within the Darling Downs South-west region, Roma State College will receive:

  • $60,000 for the provision of a virtual learning studio.

Payment details

Payment During month of Proportion of allocation paid
QASMT: QVSA network leadership and coordination activities March100%
Thuringowa State High School: Delivery of hybrid learning pilotMarch100%
Roma State College: Provision of virtual learning studioMay​100%​

How to apply

There is no application required for this funding. QVSA @QASMT and the nominated specific host sites will automatically receive funding in the timeframes outlined above.

Contact

Principal Education Officer
State schools—Performance Branch
State Schools Division
Telephone: 0491 218 831

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Last updated 31 March 2021