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Year 11 – 12 Experience UniSQ Springfield

When
15 MAR 2024
8.30 AM - 2.30 PM
Where
UniSQ Springfield Campus, Sinnathamby Boulevard, Springfield

Find out what university is all about at our Experience UniSQ Days. Designed for Year 11 or 12 students, our experience days are the perfect opportunity to explore your study options.

Choose from a range of hands-on sessions, including:

  • Design and creative thinking
  • What makes good writing? You be the judge.
  • Can you identify a ‘criminal’?

Register individually or as part of school group and take an exciting next step towards your future.

Whether you're dreaming of a career solving global business problems, inspiring young minds, constructing the world we live in, or fighting for justice in a court room, there is no limit to what you can do with UniSQ by your side.


Session 1

Students will be able to select from one of the following sessions.

Aviation - Let's take to the skies
How do aeroplanes fly? What forces keep aircraft in the air? In this session students will explore the aerodynamics of flight by constructing and flight testing a model glider.

Civil engineering - Building better bridges
Students will build a bridge using our lego-type kits and measure the internal forces. Groups will compete to hold the most weight on their bridge.

Creative Writing - What makes good writing? You be the judge
Students will examine 3 shortlisted poems from the recent Bruce Dawe Poetry prize and judge which one they think should receive the award. Students are given a general presentation about what makes an award-winning Australian poem. They are put into groups to make their selection and deliver a presentation on why they think their selection best represents good writing.

Criminology - Can you identify a 'criminal'?
Dive into the exciting world of criminology, where YOU assume the role of a criminologist-in-training. To kick off, you'll be presented with images of eight people. Six of them have crossed onto the wrong side of the law, while the remaining two are squeaky clean. Your challenge? Identify the innocent faces among the lawbreakers. Following the challenge, we'll delve into your perceptions of people who commit crimes and the reasons behind your selections. We'll also explore how early criminologists identified criminals and consider whether we still employ some of their methods today.

Crooked' red blood cells in a baby? Using medical science to diagnose disease
Are you interested in the Medical Sciences? In this hands-on lab activity, you will analyse a blood film assessing and analysing the appearance of blood cells in a baby with an unknown disease. You will also use DNA samples from the baby and the baby's family to confirm what you saw on the microscope using molecular biology techniques. You will then compare the test results for all family members to complete a pedigree (family tree) and make a final diagnosis of the condition.

Design and creative thinking
In a constantly evolving world, the ability to generate creative ideas stands out as the paramount skill for any designer. In design and creative thinking, students will learn the process of design through developing a idea to a finished creative outcome.

Education - Why teach?
You probably already have some idea about becoming a teacher because you are at school, but there’s more to know! This session will help you to identify the personal attributes and core skills needed to become a great teacher.

Electrical engineering - Building better robots
During this session students will work through a series of small electronics activities that incorporate robotics, electronics and coding.

Film & Screen Production - Introduction to practical film making
Ever wonder what it takes to make your own movie? Join the filmmaking team and get hands-on experience in making a short film.

Geographic Information Systems - Monitoring and mapping natural disasters by satellite remote sensing and GIS
Since satellite data started to explain the global environmental conditions in the 1970s, a revolutionary change has occurred in natural resource management and disaster monitoring. This session will teach the basics of satellite remote sensing, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and how to map disaster-affected areas on Google Earth using two case studies. Students will engage in hands-on exercises to create a map about recent devastating floods in QLD/NSW using MODIS satellite data in the Google Earth environment.

Mechanical engineering - Building better mechanical cars
Students will create a Meccano car that will have a motor placed into it to compete for the fastest times on our circuit.

Television Production
In this session students will learn about broadcast television in our own UniSQ studio!

Urban Planning - Follow the map
Planners use a range of tools to design, communicate, and coordinate complex urban and regional development and this activity will focus on one of our favourites: maps! For this activity, you will be presented with a set of thematic maps frequently used by urban and regional planners and your task is to explain the exiting layout for Springfield and design a structure plan for a new residential community within Springfield that is sustainable, socially-inclusive, and great place to live, work, and play.

Students will be able to select from one of the following sessions.

Aviation - Let's take to the skies
How do aeroplanes fly? What forces keep aircraft in the air? In this session students will explore the aerodynamics of flight by constructing and flight testing a model glider.

Business - Solving wicked problems: it’s good business
This presentation will highlight the role of business in solving the world’s toughest challenges – and how you can be a part of it all with UniSQ.

Civil engineering - Building better bridges
Students will build a bridge using our lego-type kits and measure the internal forces. Groups will compete to hold the most weight on their bridge.

Creative Writing - What makes good writing? You be the Judge
Students will examine 3 shortlisted poems from the recent Bruce Dawe Poetry prize and judge which one they think should receive the award. Students are given a general presentation about what makes an award-winning Australian poem. They are put into groups to make their selection and deliver a presentation on why they think their selection best represents good writing.

Criminology - Can you identify a 'criminal'?
Dive into the exciting world of criminology, where YOU assume the role of a criminologist-in-training. To kick off, you'll be presented with images of eight people. Six of them have crossed onto the wrong side of the law, while the remaining two are squeaky clean. Your challenge? Identify the innocent faces among the lawbreakers. Following the challenge, we'll delve into your perceptions of people who commit crimes and the reasons behind your selections. We'll also explore how early criminologists identified criminals and consider whether we still employ some of their methods today.

Crooked' red blood cells in a baby? Using medical science to diagnose disease
Are you interested in the Medical Sciences? In this hands-on lab activity, you will analyse a blood film assessing and analysing the appearance of blood cells in a baby with an unknown disease. You will also use DNA samples from the baby and the baby's family to confirm what you saw on the microscope using molecular biology techniques. You will then compare the test results for all family members to complete a pedigree (family tree) and make a final diagnosis of the condition.

Design and creative thinking
In a constantly evolving world, the ability to generate creative ideas stands out as the paramount skill for any designer. In design and creative thinking, students will learn the process of design through developing a idea to a finished creative outcome.

Education - Why teach?
You probably already have some idea about becoming a teacher because you are at school, but there’s more to know! This session will help you to identify the personal attributes and core skills needed to become a great teacher.

Electrical engineering - Building better robots
During this session students will work through a series of small electronics activities that incorporate robotics, electronics and coding.

Film & Screen Production - Introduction to practical film making
Ever wonder what it takes to make your own movie? Join the filmmaking team and get hands-on experience in making a short film.

Geographic Information Systems - Monitoring and mapping natural disasters by satellite remote sensing and GIS
Since satellite data started to explain the global environmental conditions in the 1970s, a revolutionary change has occurred in natural resource management and disaster monitoring. This session will teach the basics of satellite remote sensing, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and how to map disaster-affected areas on Google Earth using two case studies. Students will engage in hands-on exercises to create a map about recent devastating floods in QLD/NSW using MODIS satellite data in the Google Earth environment.

Mechanical engineering - Building better mechanical cars
Students will create a Meccano car that will have a motor placed into it to compete for the fastest times on our circuit.

Radio Production
In this session students will learn the difference between radio and podcasting, create a fun group podcast, and be inspired to become a podcaster or broadcaster!

Urban Planning - Follow the map
Planners use a range of tools to design, communicate, and coordinate complex urban and regional development and this activity will focus on one of our favourites: maps! For this activity, you will be presented with a set of thematic maps frequently used by urban and regional planners and your task is to explain the exiting layout for Springfield and design a structure plan for a new residential community within Springfield that is sustainable, socially-inclusive, and great place to live, work, and play.