More than 2,000 Year 10 students from 38 high schools are attending Experience USC events at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s main campus at Sippy Downs this week.
Students from across a region extending from Moreton Bay to north of Gympie are taking part in sessions from June 5-7 aimed at providing them with a taste of university life and hands-on experiences of their future careers.
Tomorrow’s event will see students design new suburbs using a town planning game, solve fictitious crimes, develop simple computer games, launch rockets using chemical reactions, and program virtual turtles to draw pictures.
Some will sample what it’s like to be nurses, engineers, teachers, journalists or paramedics, with the latter group asked to respond to simulated accidents. Others again will design healthy food menus as future dietitians and nutritionists.
There will also be workshops on animal ecology, biomedical science, communication, creative writing, exercise science, law, marketing, occupational therapy, psychology, screen and media studies, social media, theatre and performance, and tourism and event management.
USC Pro-Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Joanne Scott said the Experience USC events aimed to show students the wide range of career and study options open to them as they entered a key decision-making time in their schooling.
“Year 10 is when students are starting to decide what senior subjects to choose and are trying to define their career plans for life after high school,” she said.