Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at www.brisbaneschild.com.au and www.kidsonthecoast.com.au.
Published November 17th 2012
If you have a child with an interest in science or technology, you might like to consider enrolling them in a science or robotics workshop at the University of Queensland this Christmas holidays.
The Science Experience is a program of workshops run by an organisation called the Science Schools Foundation. The foundation runs workshops at universities all over Australia, and will be visiting the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland from 22-24 January 2013. (They'll also be visiting QUT Gardens Point and Griffith Uni, plus some regional Queensland campuses -- check their website for details.)
The Science Experience is three days of fun science activities for Year 9 and 10 students (cost $110). The program gives students a chance to try a range of science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.
The program also provides information about further studies in science, technology and engineering, and includes a BBQ or other social activity.
While the website encourages you to apply by late October, I've seen the Science Experience advertised recently, so I think it's still worth applying through the online application page. The website says that places will still be allocated after 31 October if they are available.
Also at the St Lucia campus, the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering runs holiday robotics workshops for students in years 7 to 12.
This year they're running:
Introduction to Robotics Monday, December 17, 9am–noon, cost: $15
Artificial Intelligence Tuesday, December 18, 9am–noon, cost: $25
Robogals Holiday Workshop (a workshop specifically for girls) Thursday, December 20, 9am–3pm, cost: $20 (includes lunch).
If you'd like to register, email Outreach Officer Gail Smith. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, for more info, visit the Robotics Workshops webpage.
While the Christmas holidays are a great time to chill out with friends, and to get outdoors and have fun, I know my kids also like to exercise their brains when they can do it in a fun way. These UQ workshops seem like they could be the perfect way for older kids to do just that.