Our curriculum aligned workshops are delivered by QUT students studying in science, engineering, mathematics and technology.

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QUT also offers a range of primary school workshops.

Primary school workshops

Biosecurity: border control

Year level
Year 7
Workshop activities
Students work to identify suspected pest organisms found by border protection officers. The students will use classification keys to identify the pests and make their recommendations to Border Protection Services.
Curriculum alignment
ACSSU111 - Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms.

Crystal clear: effective water filtration for the modern engineer

Year level
Year 7
Workshop activities
Discover how dam water is made safe to drink and delivered to your tap. Students explore treatment techniques to make dirty dam water sparkle. This workshop demonstrates the complexity of water treatment and the role of the water cycle in maintaining life on earth.
Curriculum alignment
ACSSU113 - Mixtures contain a combination of pure substances that can be separated using a range of techniques.

QUT Rocks

Year level
Year 8
Workshop activities
Become a budding geologist and identify mysterious mineral and rock samples using scientific tools. Examine samples of mined minerals in both their processed and unprocessed forms.
Curriculum alignment
ACSSU153 - Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales.

Virtual Reality cell biology- Immune U (Pilot Program)

Year level
Year 8
Workshop activities
Fight an unknown virus in the world of virtual reality. Students will explore cell biology in hands on workshop activities and through the lens of a virtual reality game.
Curriculum alignment
ACSSU150 - Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce.

Earthquake Factory

Year level
Year 9
Workshop activities
Develop an understanding of the moving tectonic plates and how these produce the topography of our planet. Students actively participate in experiments to measure seismic activity. Demonstrations of global plate boundaries show students how earthquakes are linked to the theory of plate tectonics.
Curriculum alignment
ACSSU180 - The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement.

Successful suspension: bridges that work, and why

Year level
Year 9
Workshop activities
Learn how bridges are designed to cope with loads by building model bridges to investigate how the structures of different types withstand forces. Students are introduced to existing bridge structures to get inspiration for their own bridge designs.

Engineers Without Borders- Prosthetic Leg

Year level
Year 8
Workshop activities
Highlighting medical engineering and innovative thinking. Students discuss global healthcare and medical technologies before being asked to construct a prosthetic leg with recycled materials. Workshop is run by students from QUT’s EWB Chapter as well as SEF Widening Participation Ambassadors.

Engineers Without Borders- Bionic Hand

Year level
Year 9
Workshop activities
Gain an understanding of the mechanics of the human body by building a mechanical hand. Students explore engineering principals, challenges in robotics and human muscles and tendons. Workshop is run by students from QUT’s EWB Chapter as well as SEF Widening Participation Ambassadors.

Return to Earth

Year level
Year 9-12
Workshop activities
Sats and Stats is an exciting game of exploration, settlement, science and engineering! Students take command of starships, satellites and research teams to explore a post-apocalyptic Earth, facing terrors and gathering data on their quest to dominate the planet. Multi-level diplomatic and social gameplay will keep students deeply engaged in the plight of the planet, and their collective choices will determine the future of the entire world.

Crime scenes and genes

Year level
Year 10
Workshop activities
Capitalising on current interest in all things forensic, in this workshop students apply biotechnology techniques to solve crimes. Using DNA agarose gel electrophoresis, students match samples from suspects to crime scenes and explore the use of DNA for crime scene analysis.
Curriculum alignment
ACSSU184 - Transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes.

STEM Futures

Year level
Year 9 and 10
Workshop activities
SEF Widening Participation Student Ambassadors from two or more disciplines share their student life journeys, discuss SET planning and careers in STEM.

STEM Futures

Year level
Year 11 and 12
Workshop activities
SEF Widening Participation Student Ambassadors from two or more disciplines share their student life journeys, pathway options, first year assessment examples and careers in STEM.

Peer Learning Online

Year level
Year 9 - 12
Workshop activities
Book a series of these sessions to have a Student Ambassador work with your students to revise content, study for a practice exams or assessment item. A great fit for a homework club, during pastoral care/ form class or in free periods. These sessions are delivered online via the QUT blackboard site and we work with the students in small groups.