Premier's Coding Challenge #digitalwellbeingqld
The Premier’s Coding Challenge is an annual state-wide initiative for all Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10. The Premier’s Coding Challenge aims to encourage an interest in STEM in Queensland students.
Premier’s Coding Challenge offers great prizes and an excellent opportunity for students to create some interactive and innovative coding to raise awareness of digital wellbeing.
Robots and drones in Queensland State Schools
Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies provides opportunities for students to develop skills through coding and the use of robots and drones.
The Department of Education has developed advice and resources for schools to assist in the use of robots and drones in Australian Curriculum: Science Technology and Maths. The
Queensland Drones Strategy encourages the use of drones in implementing the Australian Curriculum.
Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow school grants
One hundred and sixteen state primary and high schools (DOCX, 23KB), including some clusters of schools, shared in 100 Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow grants. The schools or cluster of schools each received or shared in a $16,600 grant to nurture the next generation of digital entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial skills are essential to drive innovation, productivity and global awareness. Schools used their coding, robotics and entrepreneurial programs to provide opportunities for students to create innovative digital solutions and to connect with industry expertise. Schools developed students' entrepreneurial skills through real world experiences by inspiring them to be the creators of Queensland's future.
STEM Teacher Symposium
The STEM Teacher Symposium is a two-day professional learning opportunity for state school teachers and leaders, held in Brisbane during the September holidays.
The Symposium is a key priority of Advancing Education—An action plan for education in Queensland, designed to build teacher capability and in turn, lift student participation and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The event brings together experts from education, research and industry to transform STEM education by enhancing knowledge of the latest developments in STEM, translating research into practice, modelling best-practice and facilitating partnerships between schools, universities and industry.
For further information, please email
STEM Girl Power Initiative
The annual STEM Girl Power Initiative is a key priority of Advancing Education - An action plan for education in Queensland. The initiative is a 12-month program that encourages girls to participate in STEM by engaging in a range of exciting STEM experiences and inviting them to inspire other students, by being a STEM ambassador in their school and community.
The program begins with the STEM Girl Power Camp in Term 1, which coincides with the annual World Science Festival Brisbane.
One Year 9 student can be nominated from each school by the principal to participate in the camp of the following year — when the student is in Year 10. Participants will visit the World Science Festival, universities and act as STEM ambassadors back at school.
STEM Girl Power page or contact the
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As part of its commitment to Advance Queensland, the Queensland Government has prepared a review of STEM education in Queensland state schools.
The review was comprised of three phases of activity between 2015-2018:
The final report summarises the findings of the review, activities conducted by the department and recommended next steps including:
confirming the efficacy of evidence-based approaches the department is pursuing to strengthen STEM education in Queensland state schools
outlining the range of coordinated initiatives, tools and resources developed by the department to build teacher capability and lift student participation and achievement in STEM
describing how the STEM actions in the Advancing Education: An action plan for education in Queensland have been implemented, specifically, establishing STEM virtual academies, developing a STEM Girl Power Initiative, supporting schools with STEM Champions, and increasing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in STEM
highlighting how initiatives in the #codingcounts supporting plan have maintained a focus on fast-tracking implementation of Australian Curriculum: Technologies, including coding and robotics, to prepare students for the jobs of the future.
Read the full
Review of STEM education in Queensland state schools 2015–2017 Final report 2018 (PDF, 857KB).