Mayors add veracity to 'Future City Build Design Jams', as part of Dream Big campus tour

Published:02 March 2017

TOP: Dream Big proponents Jessica Kahl (right) and Abby Carolan with Mayor Margaret Strelow. BELOW: Highlights from the 2017 campus tour.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson are pitching in to add veracity to this week's Dream Big campus tour.

Mayor Strelow took part in a 'Future City Build Design Jam' at Rockhampton North campus on Monday and Mayor Williamson is scheduled to contribute to Friday's event at Mackay Ooralea.

The Gladstone Marina and Bundaberg campuses also hosted Dream Big - a project which inspires teenage girls to consider engineering careers.

A total of 130 girls are participating in the 2017 Dream Big Project which includes female engineer guest speakers and activities such as 3D printing, Robot C programming, structure building, siege engine construction and a Future City Build Workshop.

“The metaphor that engineers can draw on a range of superhero powers to improve society in so many ways is a strong theme,” says Dream Big Project founder Jessica Kahl, who has been the driving force since the early stages of her engineering degree at CQUniversity.

Now near the end of her degree, Ms Kahl has recently been engaged in her final industry placement with Aurecon in Brisbane.

She says that female experiences and perspectives inject fresh and new ideas into workplaces, hence a gender-equal society boosts the talent pool.

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* For two consecutive years, the Dream Big Project has been awarded the CQUniversity Opal Award for Engaged Service Learning and Excellence and received a ‘High Commendation’ under the Engineers Australia Gender Diversity Awards in 2015.