15 Jul CQU’s Young Engineers Workshop inspires children in STEM
60 local junior inventors took part in a three-day Young Engineers Workshop hosted by CQUniversity Gladstone last month.
The university’s Deputy Director of Online Systems & Future Proofing Pavle Jeric said through the workshop, which used LEGO to ignite a student’s passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, young engineers developed skills and confidence transferrable to many situations.
“The workshops, which are popular with children in Year 1 all the way up to Year 9, teach basic concepts and simple motorisation,” he said.
“Students in Years 3 to 5 also learn how to program their models to perform functions, while students in Year 6 and up use and program a range of sensors to complement their models.”
Angeline Mariasoosay, whose daughter has a keen interest in robotics and engineering, and took part in the program, said it was great to have such a well organised program offered locally.
“My daughter was really engaged in the program, and every day she felt like she learnt something new and different,” she said.
“It was such a positive experience for her, and I will definitely be signing her up for it next time.”
CQUniversity students, under the supervision of experienced instructors, were also involved in delivering the workshop.
“Our instructors are experienced educators and or university students in education, science or education,” Mr Jeric said.
“This is a great way for them to engage with our community.”
Mr Jeric said the program was a great success and the Gladstone Marina Campus planned to bring the workshop back for the next school holidays.
“We’ve had such great feedback from not only the participants but the parents, a couple of which who are actually local teachers, and have said they would like to implement the program in their schools,” he said.
“We can’t wait to expand on the program and hold it in Gladstone again.”