You will spend the day immersed in engineering workshops and hands-on challenges.
Using core engineering principles, you will:

- Get your hands wet and explore the importance of coastal protection
- Learn how chemical engineers process raw materials by mining for chocolate chips,
- Building your own model wind turbine as we look towards sustainable energy solutions to power the future. 
- Give movement back to amputees through building a prosthetic limb
- And finally, at the end of the day – you will build and launch a rocket!

These interactive and fun workshops are designed to give you a taste of what it is like to be an engineer and the amazing job they do in problem solving skills the most complex challenges facing society.

Program for the day

TimeWorkshop / ActivityDescriptionEngineering Discipline
9am-10amWaves of DestructionExplore the importance of coastal protection through using a mobile wave tank to simulate interacting with coral reefs and beaches. Working in groups, you'll discover the damage waves can have on our coastline and work out the best solutions to minimise this impact.Civil / Coastal / Environmental 
10am-10.15amMorning Tea  

Giving Movement Back 

Learn how engineers help society in many ways, including giving movement back through prosthetic limbs. You will assemble and test a 3D printed prosthetic hand and learn about the mechanics and robotics behind this life changing device. Mechanical / Materials / Biomedical 

Renewable Energy: I’m a Big Fan 



Making an impact with Engineering

This hands-on workshop will have you building your own model wind turbine as we look towards sustainable energy solutions to power the future. See how you can be involved as an engineer in the renewable sector. 


An interactive presentation focussing on how diverse engineering really is, allowing students to think differently about the impact they can make on this world through engineering.

Electrical / Environmental



12.45pm-1.45pmCookie ChallengeThis fun interactive workshop will introduce you to the basics of chemical engineering concepts as well as test your decision making, teamwork and communication skills as you work together to extract the highest quality product out of choc chip cookies!  Chemical
1.45pm-4pmRockets Build and LaunchStudents will work together in groups to design, construct and launch a solid fuel model rocket. The workshop teaches engineering concepts such as analysing and balancing forces, aerodynamics, and decision-making. Aerospace / Materials / Mechanical

*This program may be subject to change

About Engineering, Design and Computing School Holiday Program

Registration for this event has closed you can still register your interest for the next holiday program

The University of Queensland is pleased to bring you the Engineering, Design and Computing School Holiday Program.

Designed for Year 9 and 10 students, the 3-day program follows our study areas of Engineering, Design and Computing, with each day focusing on one study area.

You will learn to think like engineers, architects and designers, and computing professionals through hands-on and interactive workshops and presentations, facilitated by lecturers and our wonderful Student Ambassador team. You’ll also have the chance to explore UQ’s engineering, design and computing precinct including the state-of-the-art makerspace facility, UQ Innovate and the new Andrew N. Liveris Building, which opened to students this year.

You can enrol in one, two or three days.

  1. Engineering School Holiday Program
  2. Design + Architecture School Holiday Program
  3. Computing School Holiday Program

On the day you’ll participate in up to six workshops, while connecting and engaging with our passionate student ambassador team and staff. Get in quick as individual workshop capacity is limited! 

Cost: $30 for one day, $40 for two days, $50 for all three days.

Important information

  • Students will need to individually register for this event and select three workshops of their choosing.  
  • Please note this is a COVID safe event with necessary approvals in place adhering to current government advice.
  • Please note each workshop has a max capacity, and registrations for individual workshops in each session will close once this number is reached.  
  • Students do not need to prepare anything before attending our workshops.
  • Students can bring their own lunch or buy lunch from one of the food outlets on campus.

Event enquiries

Please get in touch with the Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Outreach and Engagement team at 

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