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The STEM Student Leaders deliver school outreach programs that aim to build aspirations and awareness towards higher education and provide students with the skills to get there. The Leaders are high achieving USC students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines.

The sessions are classroom-based and are designed to complement school curriculum and assist students with myth busting and building aspirations to go onto higher education pathways. Sessions include experiments and demonstrations of STEM activities that are appropriate to the year level learning sequence.

Audience: Years 5 and 6
Curriculum Alignment: Yes

Robots
STEM Activities available for classroom delivery:
Science and Technology - Robots
  • What is a robot?
  • One of the first robots
  • Robots at work
  • Life like robots
  • Where to in the future …

Activity 1: In groups, students list all possible usages of robot.
Activity 2: Students design their own robots, including aesthetics and capabilities and then present to class.

Quadcopters
Science and Technology - Quadcopters
  • What is a quadcopter and what are they used for
  • How does it fly? Weight, lift, thrust and drag
  • Elements of the drone and how they work

Activity 1:  In pairs, tell us everything you know about quadcopters – it’s a race.
Activity 2:  On paper, students sort the basic components of a quadcopter.

Please be aware that we do not have permission to fly drones in this session.

Water for Life
Science - Water for Life
  • Environmental Health, Water Supply, and sanitation.
  • Ripple effects of dirty water; statistics of the water crisis; water quality.

Activity 1:  Meet the disease via disease speed-dating
Activity 2: The spread of disease (using glitter).

The Lab of Awesome
Technology - The Lab of Awesome

The USC Lab of Awesome crew from the Engage Research Lab deliver interactive activities with the latest in technology gizmo’s and gadgets identified with future careers.

Activity:  First-hand experience with AI, VR and Robotics.

Design Engineering & Inventing the Future
Engineering - Design Engineering &Inventing the Future
  • What is an Engineer and what are the different kinds of Engineers?
  • About Design engineers
  • Well known inventions
  • Australian design inventions

Activity 1:  Match the Engineers with the inventions.
Activity 2:  In groups, students design and then present a solution to “distracted walking” on mobile phones.

Structural Engineering
Engineering - Structural Engineering
  • What is a Structural Engineer and what do they do?
  • Who makes a good Structural Engineer?
  • Famous landmarks by Structural Engineers

Activity:  In groups, students have just 20 minutes to construct a bridge using only spaghetti, rubber bands and sticky tape. The bridge must span 20 cm and hold the weight of a match box car.

Architecture
STEM - Architecture
  • The field of architecture
  • What do architects design
  • The architectural process in practice
  • What are the required skills of an architect?
  • Famous architecture buildings
  • From manual drafting to AutoCAD

Activity:  Students design their dream bedroom.

Register your interest

 

Funding Source: Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program Funding

Schools able to register: Sunshine Coast and Gympie Region schools

Registration: use the web form on this page to register your interest

For more information: contact pathways@usc.edu.au

Further information on all Science and Engineering events held at USC.

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