Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's STEM camp

Our Vice-Chancellor's STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camp gives students a taste of the STEM disciplines by engaging in a hands-on, intensive exploration of a project in their chosen discipline:

  • addressing environmental issues
  • solving problems in the energy, food and medical sectors
  • improving information dissemination and security.

The camp is fully funded by QUT. There is no cost for students to attend and it is open to all high-achieving Queensland Year 11 students.

Camp dates

  • Date: Sunday 24 September - Friday 29 September 2017 (school holidays)
  • Time: 8.30am-7pm

Application dates

Applications for the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's STEM Camp open in late March.

Eligibility requirements

To be accepted into this program, you must:

  • be a current Queensland Year 11 student
  • be studying and received a VHA in at least one of:
    • a science (Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental, or Biology)
    • Mathematics B or C
    • Engineering Technology
    • Computer Science
  • be 15 as of 1 September 2017
  • be no older than 17 years of age
  • obtain parental/guardian permission
  • be able to attend the entire camp.


STEM camp is free for all participating students.

The camp is open to both local students and regional students. The program offers different support depending on how far you're travelling.

Regional, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast students (boarding)

We have 80 places available for regional, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast student who are boarding for the duration of the camp. We provide:

  • accommodation
  • all meals
  • program materials and activities.

Transport to Brisbane will be arranged for regional students (from your closest airport or train station).

Students from Caboolture, Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast will be required to find their own transport to and from Brisbane.

Brisbane students (attending day sessions)

We have 80 places available for students attending day sessions of the camp. We provide:

  • lunch and snacks
  • program materials and activities.

Brisbane students are encouraged to stay for the evening events program, but you will need to get parent/guardian permission and arrange your own transport for these events.

Transport and accommodation

Regional student transportation

If you are from a regional area and your application is successful, we will fund your transport from your closest airport or train station. Flights and trains will be booked when you confirm your acceptance into the camp.

Your parent or guardian must take you to your point of departure and pick you up on your return. Make sure that you meet all travel plans for flights or trains made by QUT. We are not responsible for missed flights or trains.

Arriving in Brisbane

On arrival, we'll meet you at either Brisbane Domestic Airport or Roma Street Train Station.

Leaving Brisbane

On departure, we'll escort you to the Brisbane Domestic Airport or Roma Street Train Station and help you get to your designated destination.

Boarding accommodation for regional students

You'll be accommodated at a local high school, Somerville House, in their new boarding facilities. We have reserved this space for exclusive use.


Students will share a 4-bed dorm with fellow participants. Rooms will be single sex only and there is one floor for female students and one floor for male students.

Each modern, dormitory style bedroom is air-conditioned and equipped with lockable lockers, bed linen and towels.

Security and supervision

Swipe keys are required to access all bedrooms, bathrooms and communal areas.

Somerville House boarding facility has a 24/7 security guard, qualified in first-aid. QUT group leaders will also be accommodated in twin-share rooms on the same floor and a QUT point of contact will be on call 24 hours a day.

The facility is proactive in taking preventative measures at its property to ensure they maintain the highest possible standards in the field of risk management.

Our group leaders

All QUT group leaders are QUT senior students or staff, who have been carefully selected by the university.

All of our group leaders have blue card qualifications and will reside at Somerville House for the full duration of the camp.