Future City Build Challenge caps off successful 'Dream Big' event

Published:20 March 2018

TOP: CQUniversity Alumnus Patrice Brown pictured with some of the Dream Big participants. BELOW: More Dream Big presenters, participants and event highlights.

Rockhampton has hosted another ‘Dream Big’ event designed to inspire teenage girls to strive for careers in the fields of science or technology.

Dozens of female students enrolled in Years 10 to 12 attended the Dream Big activities at CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus, on Monday 19 March.

The event is supported by CQUniversity and sponsored by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Engineers Australia, and Aurecon.

CQUni graduate Jessica Kahl, who now works as a civil engineer for Aurecon in Brisbane, is the founder of Dream Big.

“Participants engaged in a fun marshmallow challenge, explored STEM subjects, took part in a series of team activities, heard from industry guest speakers, and got involved in a Future City Build Challenge led by prominent CQUni Alumnus Patrice Brown," Ms Kahl says.

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

“We want to continue to inspire students to dream big and invite them to benefit from this fantastic initiative.”