Professional Development programs

Enhancing the professional practise of school staff essential to engaging students in STEM. SPARQ-ed provides a variety of opportunities including:

  • Twilight workshop sessions
  • Whole day workshops
  • VET Currency/Validation for schools offering Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement or Certificate III Laboratory Skills

Workshop participants will receive documentation suitable for use as evidence of Continuing Professional Development for the Queensland College of Teachers.

Complete the program registration form and email to to book your experience.

Upcoming events

Professional Development workshop 

Date: Wednesday 15 June 2022 (postponed)
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Hervey Bay State High School, 56 Beach Rd, Hervey Bay QLD
Description:  Teachers and Science Technicians are invited to attend a SPARQ-ed Professional Development workshop focussing on aspects of Unit 4 Biology: Biotechnology. Participants will transform bacterial cells with pGLO plasmid using simple biotechnology techniques. The results of the transformation are spectacular! Participants will also use gel electrophoresis to analyse the pGLO plasmid DNA.​ This workshop relates to Year 10 Science, Senior Biology, and Science in Practice, and could also be used as an extension activity for STEM specialist groups/classes and currency for VET teachers. Be quick, participant numbers are strictly limited.
Number of participants: 24 pax
Cost: $35pp

To register, complete the Professional Development registration form and email to to book your place.

Fees and registration information

SPARQ-ed fees

  • Whole day workshop =  $100 per person
  • Twilight session workshop = $35 per person

Fees are finalised through the University’s UQ Pay online booking system, invoices are not generated at SPARQ-ed. Follow the direct URL link provided to finalise payment, a Tax Invoice/Receipt will be emailed to you confirming payment.

Sessions may be conducted face-face or virtually, contact SPARQ-ed for more details.  Events may be cancelled if insufficient registrations are received.

Registration information

Complete the Professional Development Registration form and email to The SPARQ-ed team will be in contact to confirm your registration and provide further program information.

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