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Young engineers uncover building blocks of life

Bundaberg students taking part in the CQUniversity Young Engineers STEM workshops.

Bright young minds from across regional Queensland spent the last days of their school holidays immersed in fun and engaging challenges, as CQUniversity hosted a series of Young Engineers STEM workshops.

Each challenge was designed to spark a student’s passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by igniting their creativity and problem-solving skills through the use of LEGO®.

Event organiser CQUniversity Deputy Director of Online Systems and Future Proofing Pavle Jeric said this year’s theme of ‘Amazing challenges that great teams can tackle’ focused on teamwork and collaboration.

“While the technical challenges were stimulating, students also worked on building relationships and working with others, many of whom they had never met,” Mr. Jeric said.

“Students leveraged of each other’s strengths, worked collaboratively to assign tasks, and presented their projects as a team.”

By using LEGO® to replicate modern technology, students designed and built viable solutions to real-world issues and needs.

Students in Bundaberg presented a very impressive model of an intelligent and secure ballot box – ready for 2022s federal election.

During the workshops, students explored the accomplishments of various teams from around the world, including large international teams that put man on the moon and small teams such as the young Australians behind the digital company Canva.

Mr Jeric said the most gratifying part of these workshops was seeing the creativity and skills displayed by young people given the opportunity in ways that directly relate to real-world issues and needs in regional Australia.

“Automation will have a big role in mining, agriculture, transportation, and construction – to name only a few of our largest industries – and we will need local talent to assist local businesses and to start their own initiatives,” Mr. Jeric explained.

“Let’s hope workshops like these can get them inspired and started.”

Mr Jeric said the feedback he receives from students’ parents has been extremely positive, with one parent expressing his gratitude for bringing such a unique, educational, and enjoyable program to Bundaberg.

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