In just over 14 years, Science on the GO! has engaged over 539 000 students, teachers and members of the community in STEM
As part of the Griffith Science Education Alliance, Science on the GO! plays an integral role in the collaborative initiative between Griffith University, Education Queensland, the Department of Education and Training, City of Gold Coast, the Queensland STEM Education Network and the Science Teacher’s Association of Queensland. This coordinated, region-wide approach to science education employs Science on the GO! to take resources, infrastructure and expertise from Griffith University directly to Queensland’s South East regional classrooms to assist teachers and students in all aspects of science education.
In addition to delivery of specialised technical shows and demonstrations, practical laboratory classes and workshops, Science on the GO! also offers an exciting annual calendar of STEM events as well as a range of STEM programs which create a clear STEM pathway through school to university. We bring together Griffith’s most remarkable scientists, thinkers, innovators and students to create new types of STEM experiences.
Professor Richard John
Program Lead Griffith Science Education Alliance and Science on the GO! Project Lead, Queensland STEM Education Network
Ms Sally McPhee
STEM Outreach Manager
Ms Anita Hazell
STEM Outreach Manager
Mr Sidney Hooker
Science on the GO! Program Co-ordinator
Mr Randall Hall
Principal Education Advisor (Science), South East Region Qld Department of Education and Training
Awards and grants
The quality of the Griffith Science Education Alliance and its people have been recognised nationally and internationally with a host of awards, program funding and grants including:
- STAQ Medal for Excellence in Science Education (2006)
- Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship (2007)
- Australian Science Teachers’ Association Award for Excellence in Science Education (2009)
- Peter Doherty (Institute) Award for Excellence in Science Education (2008)
- RACI Award for Excellence in Chemistry Education (2008)
- Education Queensland Showcase Award (Academic Excellence) (2010)
- B-HERT award for Best Community Engagement (2011)
- Peter Doherty (Institute) Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (2015)
- Science Education Partnership (funded from the Spotlight on Science program)
- Southern Science Centre for Innovation and Professional Practice
- Connecting with Science program
- Science Spark program
- Make your Watermark program
- Queensland STEM Education Network
- National Science Week Federal Grant (2017).
Impact and reach
In excess of 539 000 students, teachers and members of the community have engaged in GSEA activities over the past 14 years. To date, over 50% of first year undergraduate Griffith Sciences students at the Gold Coast campus have experienced GSEA activities during high school. Of these students, over 65% indicated that these GSEA experiences influenced their decision to enrol at Griffith.
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