CQUniversity Australia

Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Rocky rockets as 1200 kids have 'slime' of their lives 

The BMA ScienceSpark Science Days are happening again at Rockhampton Campus this week. Around 1200 primary school children are participating in hands-on activities, including rocket launches, science experiments, lab tours and fun with large blobs of slime.

PhotoID:11659, Worms were a popular option
Worms were a popular option

Aimed at children in Years 4-7, they are an initiative of the Department of Education and Training, supported by CQUniversity and sponsored by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.

These events extend classroom teaching and learning and showcase science facilities on campus.

ScienceSpark Regional Manager Dave Romagnolo says "we're growing beautifully coloured giant water crystals".

"Students watch and predict as the crystals grow from one small cup full to many kilograms over the course of the show.

"We're looking at gases as we blow giant 'smoke rings' across the audience. We're exploding an enormous balloon using chemical reactions. And of course we are pouring 20kg of slime over an unsuspecting student, all in the name of science."

Visiting pupils are testing fruit sugars, finding out about worm farms and inspecting inspects up close. They are using UV lamps and a special lotion to learn how germs remain on hands, even after washing.

PhotoID:11680, Water-powered rockets 'are go!'
Water-powered rockets 'are go!'
 PhotoID:11681, Scoping for fun
Scoping for fun
 PhotoID:11682, Listening and learning
Listening and learning
 PhotoID:11683, Slime time
Slime time
 PhotoID:11685, Learning can be infectious
Learning can be infectious
 PhotoID:11686, More rocket fun
More rocket fun
 PhotoID:11687, Reaching new heights
Reaching new heights
 PhotoID:11689, Fruitful learning opportunity
Fruitful learning opportunity