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We invite high schools and their students to visit a JCU campus and experience university life. Students gain new insights and skills at events that are tailored to suit the needs and aspirations of students in their respective year level.

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Cairns and Townsville Open Day –  July 2024

Open Day details will be confirmed soon.
For more information please contact the Future Students team.

Neuroscience & Stress STEM-Day

High schools in Townsville are invited to nominate Year 10 and 11 students to attend this exclusive full-day event, offering hands-on neuroscience workshops with a real-world focus at JCU Townsville, Bebegu-Yumba campus. Students (and parents who are interested) will engage in a variety of practical STEM-based workshops exploring Neuroscience and Stress. Students will learn from JCU’s scientists with different backgrounds (e.g., anatomy, neuroimaging, medicine, engineering) and will have the opportunity to see a real brain in JCU’s world-class anatomy lab. By doing so, this event aims to build confidence in STEM and to open up the opportunity for related degrees and careers.

Limited student places are available per school – express your school’s interest below to be the first to know more information. Attendance is FREE but limited and includes free transportation and catering.

Dates

  • JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas – Saturday 9 March 2024

Contact Us
For more information please email futurestudents@jcu.edu.au

Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with JCU. Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.

Year 10 students from across the region battled it out for a place at the State Super Challenge by building bridges, wiring cities, building a bionic hand, constructing earthquake proof towers and designing hovercrafts.

The challenge encourages students to think outside the box and come together as a team to achieve a mutual goal, check out some photos from the Science and Engineering Challenge 2023 on the JCU Facebook page.

School Registrations will be sent to identified schools. Please contact your school relationship manager for further details at hello@jcu.edu.au.

Schools that register in the event will receive confirmation of inclusion, please identify students you wish to participate and request they complete the online student registration.

Heroes in Health

Get a sneak peek of what it’s really like to be in a healthcare career at Heroes in Health. This two-day program is a joint collaboration between JCU, the Mater Hospital, North West Hospital and Health Service Mt Isa and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service that offers a unique opportunity to explore Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Careers.

What to expect?

Successful Year 11 and 12 students will go behind the scenes, with opportunities to speak directly with health professionals and have all your questions answered. To help with your career goals, JCU Advisors will be on hand to provide information about JCU health courses.

  • Cairns: May 2024
    Register your interest here
  • Mackay: May 2024
    Register your interest here
  • Mt Isa: May 2024
    Register your interest here
  • Townsville: May 2024
    Register your interest here
  • Rockhampton: October 2024
    Register your interest here

Heroes in Science – June

JCU is giving high school students with a passion and desire to develop a career in science the chance to learn from industry experts and experience how scientific knowledge can improve the quality of life at many different levels.

What to expect?

From this full-day program, you’ll gain unique insights into a career in science. You’ll go from the lab to in-field where you'll experience how science informs decisions on conservation, climate change, urban growth and many other areas that affect not only global issues, but our everyday lives. To help with your career goals, JCU Advisors will be on hand to provide information about JCU science courses.

Please visit our online page to register your interest for the 2024 program.

Heroes in Sport – August

JCU, in partnership with the North Queensland Cowboys, is giving Year 11 and 12 students with a passion and desire to develop a career in physiotherapy and sports and exercise science the chance to learn from industry experts and train like a Cowboy.

What to expect?

From this full-day program you’ll gain unique insights into a career in sport. You’ll go behind the scenes at the Cowboys Community, Training and High Performance Centre, and learn from industry experts in physiotherapy and sports and exercise science before hitting the field for a high performance training session. To help with your career goals, JCU Advisors will be on hand to provide information about JCU courses.

Please visit our online page to register your interest for the 2024 program.

Heroes in Business – September

Fuel your passion for a career in business or commerce at Heroes in Business. JCU, in partnership with Queensland Country Bank, is giving local high school students the chance to learn from industry experts.

What to expect?

From this one-day program you’ll gain unique insights into the professions that funnel into a business and commerce career. Our experienced Professor in Management will expertly lead you through the process of creating, exploring and pitching a business opportunity, including the marketing and financial implications. JCU Advisors will be on hand to provide information about courses and university life, and a Q&A with local professionals will be an opportunity for students to engage with and hear from professionals within those careers.

Please visit our online page to register your interest for the 2024 program.

For more information please contact the Future Students team.

Experience university, but not as you know it

TeacherX is an immersive, on-campus program for educators. Extend your professional development and explore
the opportunities available to your students by joining us for an engaging and unique on-campus experience.

What you will experience:

  • Hands-on, interactive sessions whilst finding out more about JCU
  • Engage with JCU’s state-of-the-art campus facilities
  • Delve into study and career options for your students
  • Experience student life in our on-campus accommodation

    DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, BOOKINGS HAVE NOW CLOSED. To join the waitlist, please email futurestudents@jcu.edu.au

    More information available here

Titration Competition

JCU is excited to host the Titration Competition for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 located in Far North Queensland (Cairns and Townsville). The competition aims to encourage students who enjoy Chemistry - especially practical Chemistry - to recognise proficiency.

Students who prepare for the Titration Competition will gain confidence in the laboratory skills necessary to conduct volumetric analyses and in the analysis of the data obtained.

The competition will be run as per RACI Titration Competition Rules. Please read the Teacher Information and Student Information documents on the RACI website.

DATE: Tuesday 28 May 2024 | LOCATION: JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas
Email Dr Winnie Lee winnie.lee@jcu.edu.au for any further enquiries.

DATE: Wednesday 29 May 2024 | LOCATION: JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield
Email Rhiannon Connors rhiannon.connors@jcu.edu.au for any further enquiries.

Register your school here.

Details for 2024 yet to be confirmed.

The College of Arts, Society and Education was excited to bring back its annual Young Language Ambassador (YLA) program in 2023. The YLA was an initiative that started in 2014 to support international mindedness across our communities and encourage the study of all languages in schools and beyond. Over the years, the YLA has had the pleasure of welcoming thousands of enthusiastic language leaders on the JCU campus in Cairns and Townsville.

This year the YLA invited language ambassadors and their language teachers to participate in an inspirational and fun conference. This was a free educational event and places were limited. To participate in the event, schools selected a maximum of 6 language ambassadors. Selected ambassadors can be in Year 5 to 12. If your school offers more than one language and has a large amount of passionate language students, please contact florence.boulard@jcu.edu.au to discuss the maximum number of participants.

Details for 2024 yet to be confirmed.

Why AI and Social Sciences are Everywhere
Artificial Intelligence is everywhere – we talk about it in classrooms, on the news, on social media, and it’s fast becoming part of our everyday lives. But what does AI mean for people and for society? What are the ethical issues involved? Spend a day exploring these questions at JCU.

September 4 to 10 is Social Sciences Week in Australia. The theme for 2023 is Social Sciences are Everywhere. On Friday, 8 September, the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) group at JCU is inviting Year 9 students to come to campus for a day of discussion, activities, and scenario-based learning with social scientists and current social science students from a range of disciplines.

The day will include short ‘lightning talks’ from experts in a range of social science disciplines, interactive ‘beat the bot’ sessions to apply a critical lens to AI, and small group activities to facilitate inquiry skills, ethical thinking, and futures thinking about the impacts of AI on society and our environment.

UniX Year 8 - November

Schools are invited to bring their Year 8 students to JCU Cairns or JCU Townsville for a day of excitement, fun and discovery. The Year 8 UniX experience provides students with an opportunity to sample what it’s like to study different subjects broadly covering science, engineering, medicine, nursing, education, social sciences, business and law. We aim to provide students with various career tasters to help identify and shape their future ambitions, assist with student subject choices in senior schooling years, and to promote positive post-school pathways to tertiary education.

Dates

  • JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield – 2024 TBC
  • JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas – 2024 TBC

A residential program is also available for schools in regional or remote areas that need to travel and overnight to attend the event.

Before you register your school to attend the JCU UniX Year 8, please read the Information for Schools

Contact Us
For more information please contact (07) 4232 1562 or email outreach@jcu.edu.au