STEM HUB Science Fair Working Group Meeting 20


Wednesday 6th March 2019
Opened 4.30pm St Mary’s CC


  • Anja van Hooydonk – Teacher of Mathematics & Science St Mary’s Catholic College; Mathematics B Panel Chair Cairns; QAMT President Cairns
  • Kurt Schoenhoff – Independent IT/AV and EE contractor; Treasurer of TheMakers.ORG; JCU IT Honours Student
  • Tiffany Turnour – Laboratory Technician St Mary’s Catholic College
  • Sandy Sayaxang – Children & Youth Librarian, Cairns Libraries
  • Celia Berrell – Science Rhymes; Admin Cairns Neurophysiology
  • Matthew Ritchie – President of The Makers; Business Innovation Development Consultant for TAFE (via phone link)

She Maps PD

Was presented by Karen Joyce at St Mary’s Catholic College on Thursday 28th February 4.30-7pm for 30 attendees ($2,255) Of the 30 teachers booked, 3 sent their apologies and 3 were No Shows. So the event was attended by 24. We are still waiting to receive invoice for food/refreshments. Action: Tiffany to advise Kurt of this final cost when it arrives.

Feedback was good. Diane Tahuaroa-Watson from Peace Lutheran College said it was enjoyable and attending St Mary’s CC teachers all gave positive feedback.

Kurt suggested that participants needed something to apply it to, in order to get full benefit.

Tiffany had expected the PD to hold more detail than presentations delivered to students.

Others thought this was of benefit, so teachers knew what their students could expect. Anja wanted to participate in the online website resources to get more depth.

The Makers PD

Can no longer be held at The Makers TAFE on Thursday 21st March ($2,800). Now proposed for Monday 13th May starting 4.30pm.

Kurt reminded us that this is not entirely IT-based and the level of programming can be for everyone and applied to all avenues of science. Anja suggested it is presented as Problem Solving Skills & Logic. It was agreed the draft flyer is too wordy and needs a makeover.

Celia asked if she could see a copy of the flyer and attempt to minimise words

Action: Kurt please re-do a simpler flyer so it can be distributed in week 9 of Term 1 (and again in week 1 of Term 3).


There was some confusion about where our website was up to, so Kurt took over the domain and prepared a draft ready to launch on Friday 15th February to coincide with the Meet & Greet event. However Matt was also working on a website, so sidestepped with which is now ready for feedback. Matt advised he was creating a web application that could more easily incorporate such things as Meet-up, Indigenous and remote participation through a sign-in rather than have the onus of website input and moderating burdened onto a select few.

Action: all STEM participants to give feedback on the websites.

STEM Fair 2019

The event is confirmed for Friday 16th August to coincide with National Science Week with a repeat format at St Mary’s CC. Tiffany felt we need to reach a broader selection of schools for participation. She also thought that interactive displays had proved more popular than static ones last year. Anja pointed out that some static displays still have merit – for example those of student’s STEM projects (if those students are unable to attend the day). We will keep the 3 session structure again, however the times will need to be adjusted slightly.

Action: Tiffany to start calling for expressions of interest for both stall/displays and participating schools.

Funding Reporting & Finalisation

The report on our first round of funding is due on 30th April. However all funds need to be disbursed by 31st March, which is before our next scheduled meeting. As Kurt and Matt have both been developing our website facilities on a somewhat voluntary basis, final discussion on the completion of round one funding will need to be carried out via email. So far, suggestions include arranging another social Meet & Greet, Advertising and prizes.

Action: correspond via email to finalise round one funding issues.

Next STEM HUB Meeting

Wednesday 3rd April 4.30pm at St Mary’s CC Library.

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