Our widening participation program works with under-represented school groups to build aspiration for university study, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

We aim to demystify university for students, particularly those who'd be the first in their family to attend. We also build confidence for teachers to incorporate STEM into their teaching through professional development opportunities.

Widening Participation annual report (PDF file, 1.5 MB)

Widening Participation impact statement (PDF file, 7.5 MB)

Extreme Science and Engineering Van

We offer interactive and engaging programs for primary and high school students. Our in-class workshops and events on campus give students hands-on experience in STEM learning.

Since 2010, we've been working with target schools in Caboolture and Brisbane's north, and spreading a love of STEM with our Extreme Science and Engineering Van. Our van travels to primary and high schools to provide free hands-on curriculum aligned workshops in STEM fields.

Our workshops and events include:

  • our STEM Futures program, where our current STEM university students present to current high school students about the opportunities and experiences available through STEM study
  • Imagine IT, an annual IT event that partners QUT academics with student ambassadors to deliver information technology activities to Year 9 and 10 students
  • Power of Engineering, which inspires young people, particularly young women, to consider a diverse and creative career in engineering
  • The Science and Engineering Challenge, a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle, where schools in our region compete against schools from across the country.

Widening Participation STEM workshops for primary and secondary schools


Robotics@QUT uses dynamic robotics activities to encourage STEM literacy, problem solving and collaborative learning in school students. The program was established by Dr Chris Chalmers in 2011 and involves over 40 primary and secondary schools in Caboolture and Brisbane's north.

Teachers participate in Robotics@QUT workshops and run school-based robotics programs, assisted by QUT preservice teachers. We loan robotics kits to schools, and hundreds of local students and their parents are involved in on-campus robotics challenges and fun days each year.

The support we provide for schools includes:

  • robotics loan kits
  • teacher workshops
  • preservice teacher visits.

Robotics activities include:

  • fun days at University of the Sunshine Coast's Caboolture campus
  • sponsorship for the Moreton Region RoboCup
  • sponsorship for the QUT FIRST® LEGO® League tournament.

Find out more about Robotics@QUT

Who do we work with?

We work with schools and students who need support and more exposure to the possibilities of STEM study, with an emphasis on low income, rural and Indigenous students.

If you'd like to be involved with our Extreme Science and Engineering program, email van.booking@qut.edu.au

For more information about Robotics@QUT, email qutrobotics@qut.edu.au