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STEM Event at St John’s

29.6.2015

During March St John’s staff and students, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, invited students from high schools in the community to a STEM Event. The Event was held in the St John’s Auditorium. It welcomed over 90 high achieving Year 10 and 11 students. The students were able to experience some of the challenges engineers face in their work and to hear from the Director of a top Australian engineering firm.

QUT student ambassadors, under the direction of the QUT STIMulate Coordinator Mr Ian Lightbody, conducted interactive workshops for the students. One was the Marshmallow Challenge where teams of students competed to build the highest structure out of spaghetti and string, to support a marshmallow. Another was the LittleBits Electronics workshop where the students were challenged to build an electronic system that is based on an animal adaptation in nature, then present their ideas to the rest of the workshop. There were several imaginative creations based on rattlesnakes and fireflies.

Guest Speaker at the Event, Mr Peter Nikoloff, Executive Director of Nova Systems, spoke about the amazing opportunities for Science and Engineering graduates in the Defence Industry in Australia. Mr Nikoloff and his team set up an interactive display featuring the latest in Virtual Reality technology simulating flying an aircraft.

St John’s staff and students were extremely excited to share this opportunity with other students in the community and student visitors were very positive with their feedback after their St John’s STEM experience.

In other exciting news, three Year 10 St John’s science students have won a competition through the Conrad Foundation which has now extended an invitation to participate in an additional competition at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.

The students will be able to further develop their winning entry (an environmentally friendly insect deterrent to protect crops) with leading engineers, scientists and business leaders. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to extend their critical thinking skills. This competition is partnered with NASA and Lockheed Martin, and promotes creative solutions to world problems.

We wish the team success in the United States!

 

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