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February 19th, 2015
Dedicated S.T.E.M. Education Program Introduced for Spatial Industry Exhibition Open Day

During the Exhibition Open Day, schools, teachers and students from primary to university are invited to engage with the Destination Spatial S.T.E.M educational program. There will be 90-minute sessions (15 minute per topic) designed to get minds thinking and inspired, while supporting these key areas of education for the spatial industry.

There is no charge to attend. Bookings are recommended for large groups however walk-ins are welcome.

Topics will include:

  • An introduction to Queensland Globe
  • Neighbourhood safety
  • How hazard ready should you be?
  • Landscapes in the Australian Curriculum Year 8: QTopo – Queensland’s online topographic mapping tool.
  • Your Z Day plan? Preparing for a zombie apocalypse.
  • Should we build the next amusement park on your street?

Locate15 has been developed to inspire not only those working within the industry but also youth who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines has recently hired a dedicated spatial educator to develop lesson plans designed to motivate young people to consider careers in Spatial as well as assist teachers in content to support their students.

Destination Spatial is an industry initiative designed to promote spatial careers and will have a stand at Locate15 with guidance about spatial careers for students, teachers and parents. 

The Educational Program has been developed and will be delivered by Mick Law, Senior Project Officer, Queensland Spatial Information Council, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland.

Mick has been involved in geospatial education at the school level for nearly 15 years. Originally a classroom teacher, Mick established geospatial programs at two Queensland schools before managing ESRI Australia’s GIS in-schools program. Mick then established his own geospatial educational consultancy, Contour Education, which focuses on making geospatial technology as easy as possible to integrate into the Australian classroom. Mick now has a role with Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines advocating for geospatial technologies and developing resources for teachers and students to bring these exciting tools into Queensland For more information about the program or if your school/class is interested in securing a larger group visit to Locate15 for the S.T.E.M program, please contact Mick Law on 07 3406 2807 or Michael.Law@qld.gov.au.