Art meets science at STEAM Experience Days
Each year, QUT Precincts and the Science and Engineering Faculty’s Widening Participation team join together to deliver a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) experience day for high school students.
Students from both art and STEM classes arrive on QUT Gardens Point campus to spend a full day exploring the intersections of art, science and technology in QUT research and exhibitions. Through hands-on activities participants learn how university students, researchers and art practitioners work together across disciplines to achieve common goals.
The STEAM Experience provides an opportunity to focus on future work skills that cross the boundaries of individual school subjects, such as teamwork, collaboration, resilience, creativity and digital literacy.
Interactive tours on past STEAM Experience Days have featured the Institute for Future Environments, The Cube interactive digital learning space, the William Robinson Gallery, QUT Art Museum and QUT’s entrepreneurial community, The Foundry.
Feedback from the participants has been positive, with students commenting that through the program they learnt:
- more about the different courses in university
- that tech and the arts can intertwine
- that university is much more than just maths and science and that there are many different forms and you can learn
- that there is more to STEAM than what I thought
- that engineering is more than it appears to be
- that university has a much larger, friendlier community
- that uni can be fun and not just boring study
- that going to university can not only benefit my learning but make my parents proud
- that you can be whatever you want when you grow up.