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Townsville youth get to the STEM of emergency response

Published:22 September 2020

Year 9 and 10 students from across the region completed a variety of activities related to STEM in emergency response and healthcare.

CQUniversity Townsville played host to 21 high school students this week for the Townsville Campus Science Experience (21- 23 September).

Year 9 and 10 students from across the region travelled to attend the three-day event for the opportunity to explore a range of scientific fields, including Virtual Reality, Biodiversity and Data Analysis.

The event agenda focused on engaging students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based activities with an added focus on emergency response and healthcare through Nursing, Aged Care, Public Health and Paramedics.

The COVID safe event was a welcomed learning opportunity for the students, who had their school excursions cancelled and had been limited to online learning for much of the year. The students were able to meet and hear senior lecturers in lecture rooms, attend site visits and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university.

CQUniversity Townsville Campus Associate Vice-President, Professor Pierre Viljoen said the event, now in its third year, highlighted the wide range of careers that allow students to pursue their interest and abilities in the sciences.

“Our functional campus, located in the heart of Townsville city provided students with the opportunity to experience similar environments and technologies to what they would experience in the real world – from our state-of-the-art Nursing and Paramedic Science labs to our simulation and virtual reality spaces.

“By exposing schooled-aged kids to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore its concepts, they will hopefully develop a passion for it and pursue a job in a related field,” he said.