The University of Queensland (UQ) Women in Engineering (WE) team are delighted to host our flagship annual event of the year, WE Explore Engineering Day.

WE Explore Engineering Day is the flagship annual event of the year hosted by the UQ Women in Engineering team. Explore Day showcases the diverse engineering opportunities at UQ through hands on workshops, interactive presentations, and tours of the engineering precinct including the state-of-the-art makerspace facility, UQ Innovate and the new Andrew N. Liveris Building, home of Chemical Engineering.

Students can select two hands on workshops of their own choosing to participate in on the day, while connecting and engaging with our friendly student leader team and faculty staff. A light morning tea snack on arrival and lunch will be provided. Get in quick as individual workshop capacity is limited!

The UQ WE program is proudly supported by our industry program partners, Rio TintoThe Australian Power InstitutePowerlink QueenslandErgon EnergyEnergexAnglo AmericanSandvik, Hatch, Origin Energy, and EOS.


Important information

  • Students will need to individually register for this event and select two workshops of their choosing. If you are part of a school group, the school representative can register on behalf of all students attending however the WE team will still require individual names of attendees and which workshops they are attending.

  • Please note each workshop has a max capacity, and registrations for individual workshops in each session will close once this number is reached. 

  • Registration closes 31 March 2023 at 5pm AEST, end of Term 1. Please register here before the closing date


What does the day involve?

Students will get to select three workshops to attend during the day, and morning tea and lunch will be provided.  

  • 8:30am: Event registrations open  
  • 9am: Women in Engineering Welcome & morning tea
  • 9:30am–11am: Workshop 1 
  • 11am–12pm: Lunch
  • 12pm–1:30pm: Workshop 2
  • 1:30pm–2pm: Walking tour
  • 2pm: Event close and departure from The Great Court




What is involved?  

Session Times
Renewable Energy: I’m a Big Fan 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.

Workshop 1 9:30am–11:00am


Cookie Challenge  

This 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! 

Workshop 2 12pm-1:30pm

Waves of Destruction

Explore the importance of coastal protection by 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. 

Workshop 1 9:30am–11am

Workshop 2 12pm-1:30pm

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.

Workshop 1 9:30am–11am

Workshop 2 12pm-1:30pm

Design Thinking 101  


Explore how you can solve some of the world’s most important challenges using Design Thinking. This interactive session will help you turn world changing ideas into impactful, sustainable enterprises.

Workshop 1 9:30am–11am

Study Fresh 


Students will put their electrical engineering hats on to create an air quality detection device to test the air quality of their classroom by programming Raspberry Pi’s while learning about the importance of indoor air quality.

Workshop 1 9:30am–11am

Workshop 2 12pm-1:30pm

Clean Water

This workshop focuses on issues related to sanitation and the provision of water. It aims to educate students about the current global water crisis and how to reduce their own water usage while designing and building a simple water filtration system for developing countries.

Workshop 1 9:30am–11am

Workshop 2 12pm-1:30pm

Roads to Better Health 


This workshop sheds light on the challenges faced by women in disadvantaged communities, particularly around maternal health and explores how engineering can be used as a vehicle for addressing these issues in a humanitarian context. 

Workshop 2 12pm-1:30pm

UQ Racing Visit

Hear from this student led group about designing and building electric race cars to compete against other universities around the world – you will even get to see their race car! 

Workshop 1 9:30am–11am

Workshop 2 12pm-1:30pm

Facility Tours – Liveris, Civil and Innovate

Take part in tailored tours of our incredible Engineering precinct at UQ including the state-of-the-art makerspace facility, UQ Innovate, practical learning and testing facilities in the 5-star green rated Advanced Engineering Building and the brand new Andrew N. Liveris Building, home of Chemical Engineering, innovation and leadership.  

Everyone will participate in walking tours from 1:30-2pm, ending at The Great Court


Event enquiries

Please get in touch with the Women in Engineering team at