17 July 2014
The University of the Sunshine Coast is transforming its annual open day this year into a community festival aimed at firing up the imaginations of all Coast residents.
USC has invited the entire community to attend its first Sunshine Coast Imaginarium – a free event that will feature live entertainment, interactive activities, technology, fun games and sporting demonstrations – from 11am on Sunday 10 August.
A large crowd is expected, with top drawcards including a concert by singer Darren Percival, an ambitious bid to snap the Coast’s biggest “selfie” and a quirky Quidditch match.
Those attending will have the chance to win some amazing prizes like a plane flight over the Antarctic, a family balloon flight over the Scenic Rim, a shark dive, a whale watching trip and tickets to Australia Zoo and Underwater World.
And, of course, prospective students will be able to take campus tours, chat one-on-one with academics, gain career advice and find out all they need to know about starting study.
Full details about the free festival are at www.usc.edu.au/Imaginarium.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Imaginarium was shaping up to be a community event unlike any other before in the region.
“We’ve organised a great program to welcome, excite and inspire Sunshine Coast residents to connect with their university,” he said.
“Education is clearly transformative, and this fun festival will give people a chance to discover the life-changing opportunities available to them at USC.”
Visitors to Imaginarium will be invited to wander through eight exciting precincts, each featuring a range of fun activities and showcasing what USC has to offer its students and the community at large.
Examples of activities at some of the precincts include:
- Science and Technology – play serious computer games, build a bamboo bridge, try out a driving simulator and learn how your body works;
- Creative – Play in a kinetic sandpit, watch drama presentations, join a drumming circle and dress up as your favourite superhero;
- Research – Get some tips on how teenagers think, koala preservation and some amazing environments threatened by climate change;
- Indigenous – try your hand at bark painting, traditional rope making and an animal imitation dance; and
- International – learn Indonesian martial arts, Indian dancing and Italian card games, play like the Vikings and enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony.
At 2pm, all attention will turn towards USC’s sports precinct as it hosts some energetic demonstrations of roller derby, women’s rugby 7s, basketball and athletics.
— Terry Walsh