Around 450 students from five Wide Bay schools have converged at CQUniversity Bundaberg for a National Science Week event called ‘Science Rocks’.
Highlights included a drones and coding challenge, crash scene investigation, flight simulation, occupational therapy splinting, a ‘film your own hologram’ program, and a ‘muscles alive’ physiotherapy activity.
CQUniversity lecturer Dr Sarah McNicol says the half-day event had a focus on hands-on participatory experiences.
“The activities were in line with the National Science Week theme of ‘Future Earth’,” Dr McNicol says.
“We had some exciting STEM activities lined up so students could realise the importance of continuing and maintaining their maths and science education, to see where it could potentially lead them into the future.
“In ‘Going Viral’ we showcased how herd immunity works.
“Mark Sugars from the QLD Department of Natural Resources & Mines promoted soil science and aquatic biology, showing the importance of healthy soils, waterways and reef.
“There were hands-on science and environmental science activities in the campus foyer, from seagrass to zombies to a session titled ‘What’s for dinner on Future Earth? Bugs Baby!’.
“We received $10 000 from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative for the event and to set the foundation for future years, so that it may become an annual event, celebrating and keeping in line with the theme of National Science Week.”
Dr McNichol is grateful to CQUni staff who helped prepare, set up and participate in the event.