CQ STEM Expo Inspires Young Scientists

CQ STEM Expo Inspires Young Scientists

CQUniversity hosted Gladstone’s second annual CQ STEM Expo on Thursday, March 11, inspiring the next generation of scientists.

The expo aimed to connect the community and industry partners with schools and educators, providing them with access to educational resources that the industry groups have developed. The CQ STEM Expo was hailed as a success, with over 60 members of the community participating on the day.

CQUniversity proudly displayed and held demonstrations of their brand new 3D Printers, Virtual Reality Headsets & Controllers, and current seagrass research projects.

The expo is part of the Inspiring Australia CQ STEM Hub Network, which is a group of community organisations, universities and teachers who come together with the aim to widely improve STEM education.

This year the CQ STEM Expo had a very special guest, Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Hugh Possingham. Professor Possingham presented a key-note address to educators and community members about the growth and importance of citizen science.

Dr Linda Pfeiffer, Senior Lecturer at CQUniversity & Australia Pacific LNG STEM Central Lead, explained the importance of scientific expos such as this one.

“I think it’s really important in education and in classrooms that science, particularly, is given a local regional context. Therefore, connecting local teachers with local resources raises our awareness of where science from the Australian curriculum fits with what’s happening in our region.”

If you missed your chance to attend the CQ STEM Expo 2021, the event will be held again in 2022 or consider attending the World Science Festival 2021 which will be returning to Gladstone on August 29.