Griffith’s STEM Showcase is bound for Darwin

Some of the best names in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research will offer valuable insight into various fields of study when Griffith University’s STEM Showcase touches down in Darwin on August 23.

Griffith University experts with expertise in wide-ranging STEM industries including engineering, environmental science, aviation, IT and urban planning will be on hand to answer prospective students’ questions into the diverse programs offered at the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan campuses.

Dr Tony Matthews

Dr Tony Matthews from Griffith’s Cities Research Institute said the STEM Showcase was a fantastic way for future students to explore the many scientific careers available to them through one-on-one time with experts in STEM.

“The STEM agenda is an exciting and forward-looking way for students to learn skills and knowledge that can allow them to positively shape the future, the technologies we use and the cities we live in. STEM courses offer a powerful passport to work in creative, highly skilled and well-paid jobs and industries. Best of all, demand for STEM graduates is very high and great job opportunities are plentiful,” Dr Matthews said.

“Griffith University’s STEM Showcase will be a great opportunity for students interested in STEM courses to talk to experts and leaders in the field in a relaxed and friendly setting. Griffith University staff will be on hand to talk about subject choices, job opportunities and the many benefits of choosing to study STEM subjects at university.”

Tristan Orchard, who completed high school last year at Casuarina Senior College in the Northern Territory, commenced a double degree in Science and Engineering this year at Griffith University.

Attending the STEM Showcase in 2017 helped Orchard make the big decision to move to South East Queensland to turn his dream of working as an engineer in professional motor racing into reality.

“It made me put Griffith down as my first choice because they made a huge effort in showing me how great a university it is through the one-on-one interaction with the academics that I got to experience with,” Orchard said.

“And blew the other university showcases out of the water.”

Also from the Northern Territory, Isabela Charles is in her first year of study for a double degree in Forensic Science and Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Charles, who graduated last year from Darwin High School, also credits last year’s STEM Showcase with helping her make the move from the top end to Brisbane to study at Griffith’s Nathan campus.

“Hearing the different lecturers and researchers speak about Griffith and about science made me really want to go here as they made it sound interesting and fun, and I knew that I wanted to study a science here,” she said.

“I did some research and found that it had high student satisfaction and that the lectures were fun and engaging, which I now know is true.”
Participants will also receive valuable one-on-one advice from each Griffith University expert on how best to place themselves in tomorrow’s job market as well as find out more about the diversity and uniqueness of Griffith’s STEM programs.

Join Griffith University and its STEM experts for an interactive and informative evening at the Novotel Darwin CBD, 100 The Esplanade, Darwin.
Doors open at 3:30pm and the event runs until 7pm with presentations at 4pm and 6pm.