USQ steers young people to STEM

Year 7 and 8 students visited USQ Springfield for a day of STEM learning

From young science buffs to budding astrophysicists, to those with innovative minds and a hunger for the digital world, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) inspired everyone at its STEM Inspiration Day in Springfield today (August 3).

The event saw more than 100 Year 7 and 8 students engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning by participating in a number of hands-on activities.

Engineering workshops, daytime observations with telescopes and 3D printing demonstrations were just some of the activities that fascinated the students. They also got to meet and learn from academics and students in STEM-related fields within the University, as well as hear from USQ Community Engagement Coordinator and tech whiz Stephanie Piper.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the event was a fantastic opportunity for students to experience what it’s like to learn and work in the exciting fields of STEM.

“As we head into the future, STEM skills will be critical to many careers and professions, so it’s wonderful to see many students eager to participate in these fun activities,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“Attracting young people to STEM subjects is an ongoing challenge, but by showing them how fulfilling a STEM career is, we hope to increase the number of students taking up STEM-related programs in higher education to meet the growing demands of the workforce.”

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Boy looking at 3d printer
Ipswich SHS student Declan Henderson takes a close-up view of the 3D printer.