Experiencing a day as a Griffith student

Jodie Tansley, a student from Hillcrest Christian College, took part in a civil engineering project - balsa wood bridge construction and testing.

More than 400 high school students converged on Griffith’s Gold Coast Campus on Friday 26 July, to experience a day as a university student.

Some opted for the chance to take part in fun, hands-on science and technology activities while they consider if they’ll take their place among the first intake of students in the new Bachelor of Science degree.

Griffith is launching a new comprehensive Bachelor of Science program in 2014 at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, and for students from the Gold Coast this will be a first for the region.

Griffith University Pro Vice Chancellor of Sciences, Professor Debra Henly is the driving force behind a campaign to ensure Gold Coast students have the opportunity to study a fully fledged science degree at home.

“We see this as being fundamental to the future of the Gold Coast; producing graduates who have a skills set that this economy really needs,” Professor Henly said.

“At both campuses the new Bachelor of Science program will complement existing offerings in Environment, Information Technology and Health, and will allow a high level of flexibility for students to mix and match majors to suit their particular interests,” she said.

“It will also help employers who need staff with science and technology skills.”

The new degree is just one of a suite of initiatives being launched by Griffith under its three-year ‘New Griffith 2013-2016’ program.

Open Day on 11 August will provide another opportunity to discover more about the new Bachelor of Science degree. To register go to www.griffith.edu.au/open-day