On the 9th of August, Moreton Bay EEC, along with Toohey Forest and Brisbane Urban EEC's, were humbled and proud to be awarded the prestigious Peter Doherty STEM Education Partnership Award for the STEM Horizons for High Achievers program. STEM Horizons provides extraordinary STEM experiences for students through a range of diverse unique opportunities.
To date, the program has seen 3000+ identified high achieving students take part in STEM experiences which includes:
Moreton Bay EEC in partnership with University of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Port of Brisbane and CSIRO delivering programs on the Centre's 12 metre catamaran, Inspiration, enabling students to experience authentic marine and STEM science learning journeys using state-of-the-art scientific equipment mentored by leading experts.
Toohey Forest EEC in partnership with Griffith University delivering programs at the University's Nathan Campus making use of resources including robotics and forensic laboratories.
Brisbane Urban EEC providing experiences facilitating urban environmental investigations focusing on environments, planning and lifestyles, and sustainability.
An extensive evaluation, using university researchers, found that 100% of students indicated that the program provided opportunities not readily available in schools, that the days enhanced their knowledge and understanding of STEM and were scientifically engaging. Equally, 100% of teachers agreed that the program increased student engagement and motivation in STEM and that it enabled networking with scientists to build capacity.
We would like to thank the Department of Education for showcasing the work occurring in schools through this award. Heartfelt thanks to our valuable partners for their passion, commitment, generosity and doing more than could be imagined.