Science Snippets

What a fabulous year ahead that we have to look forward to! A big event for Science every year is the celebration of National Science Week (12 – 20 August, 2017). The theme will be ‘Future Earth’ and this topic will relate to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Future Earth launched in 2015 and is a major 10-year international initiative to advance global sustainability science. Future Earth’s 2025 vision addresses eight key challenges to global sustainability:
– Deliver water, energy, and food for all
– Decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate
– Safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human wellbeing
– Build healthy, resilient and productive cities
– Promote sustainable rural futures
– Improve human health
– Encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns
– Increase social resilience to future threats.

It would be wonderful if we could involve our parent community in our Science Week events. Please get in touch with me if you have expertise in this area and would like to present or run an activity with students during this week.

To help in raising the profile of Science within our community, The University of Queensland offers an opportunity for keen young scientists to be a school’s UQ Science Ambassador. I would like to offer this opportunity to any interested student studying a senior science subject in Year 11 this year who would like to be Stuartholme’s UQ Science Ambassador. You can notify me of your interest by sending an email to me by 10 February. A very big thankyou to Lucy Lloyd-Morgan who was our ambassador last year.

Another wonderful event, the “World Science Festival” that was held for the first time in Brisbane last year, is coming again in March from 22 to 26. Please see to view the full program. As part of this event, Stuartholme is entering two Year 7 teams (10 students each) in the Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge – an interactive, inquiry-based learning, future-thinking challenge.

The challenge will be held live at The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Parklands on Friday 24 March 2017. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, renowned Australian science communicator and author, will welcome students to the program. Student teams will battle other schools while they develop innovative ideas and solutions, critically analyse water use and discover how science, technology and art can work together to build a better future. If you are a Year 7 student and would like to be a part of a team for this event, please email ( your expression of interest by 10 February.

Kind regards,
Wendy Macdonald (Leader of Learning – Science)