Thuringowa State High School
Thuringowa State High School is recognised as the leading Queensland state school for their innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program called the Global Tropics Future (GTF) project. As the 2018 winner of the Queensland Department of Education Showcase Award for Industry Partnerships and 2019 Australian Education Awards finalist for Best STEM Project, Thuringowa State High School’s innovative approach to STEM education is shaping the future of its students and those of the North Queensland region. The GTF project is Thuringowa SHS’s signature program and in partnership with James Cook University, is strengthening students’ aspirations, engagement and building transitions to university. This is achieved by providing STEM enrichment experiences for Years 5-9 students across North Queensland and includes targeted approaches to: to maximise the potential of gifted students to strengthen outcomes for Indigenous students to improve outcomes for socioeconomically disadvantaged students and students from a rural and remote background. The GTF project enables like-minded students to connect and collaboratively explore their passion for STEM through a range of enrichment curriculum experiences that incorporate current global STEM challenges.