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Queensland STEM Education Network (QSEN)

Queensland STEM Education Network (QSEN)

As part of the Queensland Stem Education Network (QSEN) the JCU mathematics education team has implemented a range of events and developed a set of North Queensland specific resources to improve student engagement with mathematics in secondary school and at university.


2013 – 2018


With financial support from the Australian Mathematics and Science Partnerships Programme (AMSPP)

Academic Groups:Education (CASE) partnered with Mathematics (CSE)
Key Words:

Mathematics, QSEN, STEM, North Queensland, Secondary Education, University-school Partnerships, Student Engagement

Project description

The sub-projects include but are not limited to:

  • The MEOW (Mathematics Explores our World) workshop series. Year 8 students visit different academic groups at JCU (Oceanography, Economics, Sports Science etc) to see how maths is used in different professions.
  • Development of the JCU maths hub: A website featuring teaching resources with a North Queensland flavour and a North Queensland mathematics Speakers Bureau
  • Creation of the “Why maths?” video series, which shows how maths is used by North Queensland professionals (Rural vet, NQ Cowboys performance manager, Emergency Department nurse etc)
  • Support and/or co-ordination of multiple school mathematics events around North Queensland.

Project partners

Griffith University, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, and University of the Sunshine Coast.

Project team

James Cook University's College of Arts, Society and Education, together with the College of Science and Engineering.

  • Principal investigator – Assoc. Prof. Shaun Belward (CSE)
  • Principal investigator – Dr Leah Daniel (CASE)
  • Project manager – Dr Donna Rigano
  • Project officer – James Dalitz

Key contacts: Principal Investigators, Dr Leah Daniel at or Assoc. Prof. Shaun Belward at