Queensland's Citizen Science Hub


This page presents teaching and training materials, at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, particularly (though not exclusively) materials generated by member groups and their individual members.

Copyright considerations

Authors and others who generate material are encouraged to grant access to their work using Creative Commons attribution. A briefing note, Open Educational Resources, and a powerpoint presentation by the QCAA explaining Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources are re-published here, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0.

Curriculum-linked Resources

Educational Project 2019

The 2019 roll-out of the new Queensland senior secondary syllabus created a new demand for original teaching materials, especially materials suitable for assessment of data analysis techniques relevant to Queensland localities. The Queensland Science Network in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has launched a project to draw upon datasets held by member societies, including the scientific journals and citizen science reports, and to package these rich sources into a format that teachers can use readily. The aim of the following Curriculum Resources section is to provide a public platform for quality educational resources validated by experienced educators and classified according to locality, year level and curriculum headline – and relevant to Queensland localities.

Guidelines for content creators

Standards for authors to use when preparing data for use in the classroom are available for K-10 and senior science 11-12.

Oyster recruitment – Proceedings 122 of 2017

One paper, by Member Dr Ben Diggles entitled “Annual pattern of settlement of Sydney Rock oyster spat in Pumicestone Passage“, is available for download here as it is deemed a suitable source of data sets for classes in biology under Queensland’s 2019 senior secondary syllabus. Supplementary data and a spreadsheet with spatfall field data referred […]

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Educational Materials Library

This section is a general repository of teaching materials supplied by educators, scientists and naturalists.

Algal bloom Pumicestone Passage

Algal blooms were evident in the lower Pumicestone Passage and on Bribie Island beaches late in October 2019.  This media report aims to dispel some myths that these phenomena are “natural” events without human influence. A potential solution (constructed wetlands to alleviate stormwater impacts) is flagged. Sewage is also a major contributor to phosphorus pollution […]

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Ron Turner – Cooloola, Lighthouses and Ranger Service

Ron Turner, former Ranger-in-Charge at Cooloola National Park, with wife Yvonne, has written some thoroughly readable memoirs of his experiences. Take for example the charming e-book Living at a Lighthouse, chronicling sojourns at Bustard Head and Double Island Point lighthouses on Queensland’s central-south coast. This is available under Creative Commons BY 4.0 by generous permission […]

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Go Extinct! game

Royal Society of Queensland member Ariel Marcy has made available her free science game design platform, DIY Go Extinct! Students can create one-of-a-kind Go Extinct! games featuring evolutionary trees of Australian marsupials, megafauna, flowers, dinosaurs, venomous snakes, and citizens of the Great Barrier Reef! (available now at www.steamgalaxy.com/design-your-own-game/). The platform, supported by grants from the […]

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Spiders in Woodfordia

In 2019, the BioDiscovery Project continued a survey of biodiversity at the Woodfordia property, site of the annual Woodford Folk Festival. Spider expert Robert Whyte, a member of the Royal Society of Queensland, has supplied this fascinating report of the survey (5.8MB) and the stunning photographs. Report of field work at Woodfordia site

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Estuaries – A Primer

This article briefly explains the value of estuaries and the threats they are facing. Estuaries – A Primer Estuaries – once the world’s powerhouse of productivity – are now predominantly the habitat of humans.  Yes, the world’s most productive ecosystems are where tide meets freshwater, a mixing zone of biodiversity and food – of diatoms, […]

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STEM Education – Activities and resources

The website of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist https://www.chiefscientist.qld.gov.au/stem-education/activities-resources references a wide range of STEM activities and resources.

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STAR Portal

Arising indirectly from a brainstorming session convened by the Royal Society of Queensland in July 2015, the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia developed a national web portal to offer access to a range of authoritative materials and programs. The STAR portal went live late in June 2017.

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Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia is a not for profit company that operates and manages a web portal called Primezone. Primezone provides teachers, parents and students, with an Australian Curriculum-driven range of high-quality, vetted educational resources relevant to primary industries, from Foundation to Year 12. Visit Primezone at www.primezone.edu.au

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Queensland STEM Education Network

Funding for the Queensland STEM Education Network expired at the end of March 2018. At this time the website remains alive, with a number of valuable resources including posters and a glossary of terms. QSEN is (or has been) a consortium of Queensland universities providing a range of high quality programs and initiatives designed to […]

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