The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) hosted students from across the Western Corridor for an event designed to increase interest and excellence in maths, science and technology.
USQ Springfield has partnered with Ipswich State High School to stage a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Kids Convention on Friday July 25.
Seven schools, both primary and secondary, will take part including Ipswich North State School, Bethany Lutheran Primary School, Lowood State High School, West Morten Anglican College, Churchill and Tivoli State High School.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said it was important that students continue to study degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“These are fields that are intrinsically linked to the current and future development of our local, national and global community,” she said.
“Countless industries rely on the expertise and research of technology specialists, mathematicians, scientists and engineers.“It’s important that education providers take steps to foster interest in these careers by demonstrating their significance, as well as show that skills like problem solving can be fun and enriching.”
At the event, students will participate in a variety of activities such as orienteering around the campus using GPS, rocket building, soil and water investigation, designing space suits, and learning more about loads and forces.
Professor Thomas said the keynote speaker will be USQ Senior Lecturer (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering) Dr Steven Goh.
“Dr Goh was a professional engineer and manager for many years before turning to teaching engineering at USQ,” Professor Thomas said.
“He has a lot of knowledge and experience to share with the region’s future mathematicians, scientists and engineers.”
The event kicks off several weeks of science investigation and in October there will be a fair at which students present their projects and are judged.
(Source: University of Southern Queensland)