STEM HUB Science Fair Working Group Meeting 1


Wednesday 21st February 2018
Opened 4:00pm


  • Desley Ferrando – DET Partnership Officer
  • Anja van Hooydonk – Teacher of Mathematics & Science St Mary’s Catholic College; Mathematics B Panel Chair Cairns; QAMT President Cairns
  • Dr Jason Holdsworth – Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion; CSIRO STEM Professional
  • Matthew Ritchie – President of The Makers; Business Innovation Development Consultant for TAFE
  • Dan Walton – Sustainability Officer Cairns Regional Council
  • Celia Berrell – Science Rhymes; Admin Cairns Neurophysiology


  • Sandy Sayaxang – Children & Youth Librarian, Cairns Libraries
    Dr Tasmin Rymer – College of Science & Engineering JCU
    Terri Mulqueen – Sustainability Teacher Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre

Recap from last week’s general meeting

A funding request for 15k has been submitted by Shelly Dunlop for the proposed FNQ STEM Hub, including a Portal to capture STEM resource information and a Science Fair to promote the Hub. Terri’s proposed Mission Statement “Seeding strong STEM relationships to grow the future” received approval from all present.

Thoughts on a Science Fair

This is a pilot project which needs specific focus in order to achieve its goals. Keep events within the Science Fair geographically compact to create buzz and easy access.

WHO do we want to come: Children & parents are first priority.

WHEN should we hold the event: a stand-alone one-day event; not piggy-backing on another established event; after National Science Week (August 11-18); a Friday so schools can arrange to bus students & teachers to the event; suggested first Friday in Term 4 – 12th October; start time of 10am so schools can arrive after school starts; finish time possibly into the evening so parents can attend after work and darkness offers new display opportunities (eg. fireworks, projections, bbq). WHERE: TAFE is first choice; good for buses, hospitality catering, adjacent to Trinity Bay SHS. (TANKS was good for the JCU National Science Week 2015 but no bus parking & onsite tech support expensive.)

Advertising & Promotion: Marketing is both an issue and the purpose for having the event in the first place. Mentions: school magazines; fling thing circular nylon flyers.

Other Mentions:

  • Careers Centre Theme Park Japan;
  • Maker Faire Adelaide;
  • Cosplay;
  • VR;
  • tours;
  • Education Week;
  • Nature-Based Learning (Council Funding could support schools to apply for financial assistance for buses);
  • Eco Fiesta 3/6/2018 & World Environment Week;
  • Cornflour walkway;
  • bubbles; r
  • obots;
  • slime.

Next Meeting: Wednesday 7th March 4pm at Judi Bain Conference Room 10-12 McLeod Street.

Meeting concluded 5.27 pm.

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