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STEAMing for the Future

Born and bred in Emerald in Queensland’s Central Highlands region, the Science Centre’s mission is to “Create a STEAM educational ecosystem in the Central Highlands that fosters a hands-on and active interest in discovery and innovation” with a vision to “Inspire and engage curious minds in STEAM learning”. STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, acknowledges the centrality of the arts and its creative processes in scientific enquiry and learning.

Established in 1995 as a community-based organisation driven by passionate volunteers, the Science Centre has provided valuable intellectual enrichment and engagement for country kids for over 20 years. Their flagship program for budding scientists, Science Club is complemented by the newer Curiosity Club for kids aged 3-5 years, as well as school holiday programs and community science events such as astronomy nights.

Experiential opportunities such as these can be few and far between in Queensland’s rural communities and so the work of CHSC is highly valued by Emerald and the outlying communities it services – so much so that they continually receive requests for Science Club from other towns and communities. Seeing and wanting to satisfy this demand, the Centre established a pilot site in Blackwater which is now continuing into its second year.

TFFF approved multi-year funding to support the growth and strengthening of internal capacity through the employment of key operational roles including a General Manager and Blackwater Science Club facilitator.

Emerald’s kids discovering the wonders of science (photo Russell Shakespeare)

Science Club excursion to the Bat Caves in Emerald’s Botanic Gardens