SPARQ-ed

SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland) is a unique educational facility established as a collaboration between The University of Queensland's Diamantina Institute (UQDI) and Queensland's Department of Education and Training (DET). SPARQ-ed aims to promote excellence and innovation in biological and biomedical education by delivering world class specialist programs to Queensland school students and their teachers. These programs are based on a model that brings together personnel and expertise from the education and scientific research communities. The SPARQ-ed facility is located in the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. It features a state of the art biomedical teaching laboratory and online learning area on the ground floor of the TRI building where participants can work alongside scientists from TRI's partner institutes. First established in 2009, SPARQ-ed is coordinated by Ward Nicholas and Ezequiel Balmori Melian, registered teachers employed by DET.

Experiences

Experiences

Our flagship service offers authentic week long scientific experiences for senior secondary students and teachers. Participants play a part in the cutting edge biomedical research performed at TRI.
Shorter (one or two day) workshops aimed at giving senior secondary students and teachers an opportunity to carry out the techniques used by modern biomedical researchers.
SPARQ-ed offers a range of programs suitable for upper primary and junior secondary school students. These programs cover a range of activities used by biomedical scientists in their work.

Contact

The SPARQ-ed Facility is located on the ground floor of the Translational Research Institute, on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus. The office location is security controlled, so please contact reception on arrival at TRI.

Telephone: + 61 7 3443 6920
Facsimile: + 61 7 3443 6966
Email: sparqed@uq.edu.au

Staff

  • SPARQ-ed Coordinator: Ward Nicholas
  • SPARQ-ed Teacher: Ezequiel Balmori Melian

Postal address
SPARQ-ed
The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute 
Level 7 Translational Research Institute
37 Kent Street, Woolloongabba, Brisbane 
Qld 4102
Australia