Premier's Coding Challenge
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.
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 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 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 on online event, coinciding with the annual World Science Festival Brisbane before the STEM Girl Power Camp in Term 2.
School principals may nominate 1 Year 9 student to participate in the following year – when the student is in Year 10.
Throughout the 12-month program students explore STEM pathways, participate in a variety of innovative STEM workshops, engage with researchers and STEM professionals, and act as STEM embassadors in their schools and local communities.
STEM Girl Power page or contact email@example.com 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:
Interim review of STEM education in Queensland schools drawn from:
Phase 2: Pilot of STEM hubs to facilitate partnerships between schools and industry by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Phase 3: Development and trial of the STEM Cluster Tool framework for schools.
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.