Media Release

25/07/2014
Cairns campus on show
Race a remote-controlled robot, make a smoothie while riding a bike, or turn your smart phone into a microscope, and you just may discover the perfect career for you.

Race a remote-controlled robot, make a smoothie while riding a bike, or turn your smart phone into a microscope, and you just may discover the perfect career for you.

James Cook University throws open the doors of its Cairns campus to the public this Sunday (July 27) from midday to 4pm with a large line-up of fun activities, tours and presentations highlighting the many courses available in Cairns.

Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the annual open day would give people the opportunity to plan their futures by investigating courses and career options as well as information on degrees and pathways.

“James Cook University’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences across three campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore,” Professor Harding said.

“On Sunday you can talk to representatives from the careers team, hear students talk about what university life is like and find out about student fees and scholarships, exchange programs and accommodation.

Tours of the Australian Tropical Herbarium, dentistry facilities, nursing simulation labs and sports and exercise science facilities will include activities such as testing your reflexes to see if you have what it takes to be a top athlete, and guessing how much sugar there is in the drinks you consume.

Other activities include: IT pitting Apple against Android; science challenges to build a tower from marshmallows and spaghetti; and archaeologists using 3D imaging and printing to unlock ancient secrets.

The full program is at http://www.jcu.edu.au/openday/cairns/index.htm

Issued: July 25, 2014

Media enquiries: Linden Woodward, 07 4232 107, linden.woodward@jcu.edu.au