USQ STEM Inspiration Day for Years 8 and 9

Angela Brittain | Head of STEM

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) is part of everyday life and an increasing part of every workplace. STEM education enables students to develop solutions to complex problems and provides them with literacies and capabilities that will help them succeed in a world of technological change.

Last week we were able to provide eighteen of our Year 8 and 9 students with the opportunity to visit the USQ Toowoomba campus for a STEM Inspiration Day which was designed to stimulate interest in areas of study related to science, technology, engineering and maths.  Our students chose from a variety of instructor led sessions and hands on workshops which covered Nursing, Astronomy, Physics, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, 3D Printing, Food Technology and Psychology and Counselling.

Students were encouraged to think about actions that they enjoy, like meeting new people, or being creative, or solving problems, and then look for careers that allow for those actions to occur.  It was great to see our students excited about the different opportunities in STEM.

STEM education in 2019 has expanded further at SCOTS PGC College and is now explicitly taught or integrated into the curriculum in Prep to Year 8 and is an elective in Year 9 and 10.