School kids getting a taste of uni life

Launch into Life at LoganMore than 900 students from schools across the Logan area descended on Griffith’s Logan campus recently for its annual Launch into Life program.

Delivered over three days from 20 to 22 November to accommodate the large groups of kids from 16 local schools, the event is the finale to a year long program that introduces year 6 students to university as a future career destination.

The Launch into Life at Logan program is designed to kickstart their thinking about careers and higher learning by inviting them to participate in activities that explore the fields science, health and drama among others.

Manager, Student Equity Outreach & Educational Partnerships Suzanne Wilkinson said the program demystifies what a university is all about.

“When kids come here through the Launch into Life at Logan program they get a taste of what the university has to offer,” said Suzanne.

“They discover that all sorts of people study at uni and we hope that they then realise that it is at least one of the options they will consider in terms of their career and life decisions.”

This year the Griffith Logan University Redbacks RLC, winners of the University Rugby League Queensland’s minor and major premierships, were invited along as special guests to host some outdoor activities and convey their message about future careers through sport and higher education.

Another big hit at the on campus event is the Science activity provided by Science on the Go! which provides a lot of fun for an excitable audience during some often daring and surprisingly loud experiments.

The Year 6 students are all from partner primary schools that have participated in a year long careers program that includes art competitions, school based lessons and last but not least their very own big day out on the Logan campus.

Along the way a team of Griffith student has acted as mentors and role models throughout the year and then welcome them as they arrive at the Logan campus for the grand finale.

Parents and school staff are also invited along and can take the opportunity to find out more about university both for themselves and their kids or just share in the fun.

Launch into Life at Logan

Launch into Life at Logan is a Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) initiative at Griffith University.