8 August 2014
Sunshine Coast residents will be invited to dream big when they attend the region’s first Imaginarium at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Sunday 10 August.
The event, which starts at 11am and includes USC’s annual Open Day, will be a free festival of fun activities, performances and presentations aimed at inspiring the imaginations of all who visit and connecting the Coast with its university.
There will be demonstrations of bubble soccer, quidditch, roller derby and women’s 7s rugby and a performance by popular singer Darren Percival, who will also aim to take the region’s biggest “selfie”.
Visitors will be able to play computer games, learn Indonesian martial arts, build a bamboo bridge, gain tips on how teenagers think, play Italian cards, learn Indian dancing, enjoy theatrical performances, try bark painting, play in a kinetic sandpit … and much more.
There will be presentations on USC’s research, food stalls and some great prizes to win, including a plane flight over the Antarctic, a balloon flight over the Scenic Rim, a shark dive, a whale watching trip and tickets to Australia Zoo and Underwater World.
And prospective students will be able to take campus tours, chat with academics, gain career advice and find out all they need to know about starting study.
Highlights will include:
- 11am: Bubble soccer matches begin;
- 11.10am: Welcome to Country by Gubbi Gubbi people; Antarctic researcher to display Snowsailer vehicle as part of panel discussion on amazing environments;
- 11.30am: Bridge building competition;
- 11.40am: Panel discussion on how teenagers think;
- Noon: Quidditch matches begin; VO2Max test of Australian marathon runner Mel Panayiotou;
- 12.10pm: Panel discussion on saving koalas using science, medicine and the community;
- 1pm: Darren Percival’s performance of his famous Mr Percival show;
- 1.45pm: Attempt to take Coast’s biggest “selfie”;
- 2pm: Roller derby demonstration to start sports spectacular at USC’s sports precinct.
— Terry Walsh