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Calling the next gen of STEM leaders

17th April 2018

Five days, 160 students and 10 real-world, life-changing projects. Year 11 students who dream of changing the world through science, technology, engineering and maths can now apply to be part of the prestigious QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp in September.

Applications for the fully-funded camp close May 7, with high-achieving students across Queensland and northern New South Wales eligible to apply.

The event will unite 160 of our brightest teenagers with QUT’s renowned scientists for a week to tackle global challenges such as sustainable engineering, robotics, hospitals of the future, drone technology, big data and virtual reality.

Check out last year’s STEM camp video to see the research projects in action.

This year is the 6th annual QUT VC STEM Camp and more than 780 passionate STEM student leaders have graduated from the program.

QUT STEM Teacher in Residence Patricia Hosking said 90 per cent of camp grads had gone on to study a STEM degree, with alumni now living, studying and working around the world, including at Harvard University.

“VC STEM Camp students really are Australia’s next generation of movers and shakers - the thinkers, the entrepreneurs, the technical experts and the creators of the jobs of the future,” Ms Hosking said.

“These students aren’t just high-achievers, they are hungry to further their STEM skill sets, see cutting-edge research in action and get ahead in university life. The camp can help shape their career goals, regardless of their location, background or economic status."

“Before STEM Camp I was focused on becoming a surgeon. My camp project was involved with 3D printing body parts and exposed me to getting involved in medicine in a field which would allow for my own innovation.  I had never even heard of medical engineering before, and I am forever grateful that I was successful with my application for this camp as it has dictated the path I am on and I am excited to see where it leads.  – Mackenzi Oliver, 19, QUT medical engineering student, 2015 camp participant.

This year's camp will be held at QUT’s Gardens Point campus in the Brisbane CBD, which is home to world-class STEM facilities including the Science and Engineering Centre and The Cube.

The Cube at QUT's Science and Engineering Centre.

The QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp was founded in 2013 by former QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake. This year’s cohort will be welcomed by the university’s new Vice-Chancellor – and renowned scientist and STEM champion – Professor Margaret Sheil.   

For details on 2018 camp applications and eligibility, visit and apply by May 7.

“The camp introduced me to the world of robotics and brought me my best friend who is now studying to do the same as me.  – Jackson Crabbe, 19, QUT engineering and IT student (mechatronics and computer science), 2015 camp participant.

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