Sunshine Coast students Elijah Magistrado, Neve Notley, Abbey Croughan and Max Quirk enjoying STEM Camp.
Sunshine Coast students Elijah Magistrado, Neve Notley, Abbey Croughan and Max Quirk enjoying STEM Camp.

Happy STEM campers

High-tech quests for the bionic ear, robot surgery and invisibility cloaks were among the challenges that attracted 160 of Queensland’s brightest teenagers to Brisbane during their school holidays for the annual QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp.

The five-day QUT funded camp at Gardens Point campus made the most of the university’s advanced STEM facilities at the Science and Engineering Centre, including the The Cube.

The teenagers worked side by side with QUT researchers and students to tackle real-world research projects including using forensic science to solve a cold case, designing and calibrating the ‘Ambulance Drone’ to deliver emergency medical supplies, and create their own virtual reality applications.

QUT STEM Camp

  • 160 Queensland Year 11 students
  • 80 places for regional and coastal students, which included travel expenses, accommodation and meals
  • 80 places for non-boarding (Brisbane) students, including meals
  • Fully funded by QUT
  • Boarding accommodation at Somerville House
  • 10 QUT academic-led research projects
  • 97 schools in total
  • 48 Brisbane schools
  • 32 Regional schools
  • 17 Coastal and Caboolture schools

In the words of our happy STEM campers…

“It was a fantastic experience that I would recommend to everyone. It taught me many things and was a great way to meet people who had the same interests as me. Everyone was friendly and I really enjoyed myself.”

“Thanks for such an amazing week!”

“It was honestly the best 5 days of my life as I met the nicest people there and now I’m confident the future looks bright for us.”

“These friends didn’t only include fellow campers, but also the student ambassadors and academics too.”