SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2022
10am - 2.30pm
Our community STEM Expo is back as part of National Science Week and we invite you to come along for a fun-filled day as we celebrate all things STEM. There will be activities and exhibits for all ages to enjoy and exciting and interactive STEM workshops. The popular Recycled Fashion Parade and Spaghetti Bridge Challenge are returning, as are the UQ Science Demo Troupe who will be performing on stage at 11.00am and 12.30pm.
General entry is free and open to everyone. Workshops range from $15-25 and we recommend early registration as places are limited. Parents and carers are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate alongside their children to learn with them.
Food and drink will be available to purchase.
So please save the date and we look forward to seeing you there!
The future is changing rapidly and the way we live, work, and play is evolving and developing on a daily basis. Participants will get hands-on with a range of new and emerging technologies such as holograms, augmented reality, 3D printing and more. They will use their problem-solving skills to develop a series of out of the box solutions to some real-world challenges. Ages Gr 3-6.
In this interactive program students discover amazing facts about these extraordinary ocean animals. Learn why sharks attack humans and how different sharks have different teeth. Have you ever considered how sharks are born? Touch live marine creatures and cool artefacts like shark jaws. Learn the importance of sharks and safe swimming practices. Suitable for all ages.
Robo Bricks is an amazing new building and coding robot and introduces primary school children to the exciting world of robotics. Children learn to ‘think like engineers’ by building motorised robot ‘models’ using LEGO®, motors and batteries. Ages Gr 3-6.
Are all slimes the same? No way! Come and discover the sticky, slimy and gross world of slime. All participants will have the chance to make and keep their own slimy creations. Ages: Prep to 3.
This workshop introduces budding young designers and developers to the principles of practical game design & development. Learn to create and code your own games using free tools made available in popular games like Roblox. This is a perfect course for first time game developers.
The City Of The Future program will see students working on challenges on how we can use innovations from around the world to design our connected cities of the future. From toothbrushes that can track what teeth you’ve brushed, fridges that can automatically order you milk as soon as you run out and even robots that can keep pets and children entertained. Ages: Gr 3-6.
This program is an interactive touch and learn session where children discover amazing facts about extraordinary ocean animals. Marine creatures the children can touch and artefacts create excitement, while teaching the important message of caring for our environment. All ages.
The Bricks Challenge program introduces primary school children to the basic principles of STEM. Children learn to ‘think like engineers’ by building complex motorised machines using LEGO®, motors and batteries. Ages: Prep to grade 2.
We dive into the kitchen to see what science lies within the foods we love to eat. Young scientists will make sciencey treats they can eat, and we make some liquid nitrogen ice cream for everyone. Warning: This program is delicious! Ages: Gr 3-6.
Be a rocket scientist and explore the properties and movement of flying objects. Students will make a simple bottle rocket, then use their senses to compare the push and pull forces used to move flying objects to see what flies higher, faster or further. Watch their excitement take off as their rocket is launched 60 metres into the air! All ages.
Someone has broken into the school safe and stolen the cake sale money! Our young investigators must tape off the area in order to protect any evidence. Clues and evidence must be identified, collected, interpreted and analysed. These include fingerprints, impressions, hairs and fibres and 'blood', bones and DNA. Can you solve the mystery? All ages.
Workshop facilitator Gary, from Bulimba Creek Catchment, will share some fun worm facts. We'll then get hands-on by making a worm farm together. Then each child will make their own worm farm (out of a soft drink bottle) to take home! There will also be other worm-related creative activities to enjoy. All ages.
Hall Activities & Exhibits
There will be a wide range of free activities and exhibits including: UQ Demo Troupe live on stage at 11am and 12.30pm | Cross River Rail "Science of Tunnelling" activities, with VR Experience | Cool Aeronautics | Live Bee Hive Display & Honey Tasting | Spaghetti Bridge Challenge | Balmoral High School STEM Team | Bulimba Creek Catchment | Queensland Museum Displays | Maker Space | Marble Run Activity | Recycled Fashion Display and Parade at around 2.10pm once workshops have finished.
Spaghetti Bridge Challenge
The Spaghetti Bridge Challenge is a fun and inspiring opportunity for students to test their engineering skills and experience the planning, creativity and problem solving required for a career in engineering. The challenge is to build the strongest bridge weighing no more than 250g, constructed with only store-bought spaghetti (or paddle pop sticks for Prep to Grade 3) and glue, to span a gap of 35cm. Enter as a team or individually.
Prizes: Winner Junior Team (Prep to Gr 3), Winner Senior Team (Gr 4 - 6), Winner Individual Entry (Prep to Gr 3), Winner Individual Entry (Gr 4 - 6).
Recycled Fashion Parade
Our very popular Recycled Fashion Parade is back again this year and will be held at 2.10pm after the workshops are finished. Parade your own stylish creation or find a model to adorn your masterpiece. Children and adults are both welcome and encouraged to participate. Go crazy with creativity! We are also looking for donated recycled materials. Please contact our coordinator Wei for more information and to get involved.