The STELR team were in Brisbane last Friday, 27 May as part of the organising committee for the Wonder of Extreme Science which a one-day event involving over 200 teachers and students from 42 secondary schools from across Queensland. Held at QUT, the students heard a keynote address from Nobel Laureate, Professor Brian Schmidt, participated in a speed meet the scientist/engineer session and attended two hour-long workshops.
During the 'speed meet' session students and teachers raced through six eight-minutes sessions with a range of scientists and engineers. They were able to meet Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, the Queensland Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett, the winners of the Clunies Ross Awards and scientists and engineers from a range of universities and industry. As with the STELR Career Profiles, the aim was to ispire students and raise awareness of opportunities in technology-related careers.
STELR ran two of the hands-on workshops each attended by 28 students from seven different schools. In the STELR Wind Energy workshop, students raced to design a wind turbine that generated the highest voltage. The second STELR workshop provided an opportunity to trial the new Sustainable Housing kit with students for the first time. This kit allows students to use different arrangements of frames, roofs and building materials, along with data loggers which measure temperature, to design the most sustainable house.