The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science hosted the Canberra BiG Day In on Thursday 30 May.
The BiG Day In events are aimed at secondary and senior school students interested in careers in Technology.
Year ten student Abby said she was feeling inspired after hearing presentations from several leaders in tech.
“I loved hearing about the different careers in technology and design, it’s been really interesting to see such a diverse range of options available… it’s definitely encouraged me more to really go ahead with a career in STEM and embrace all the opportunities around me.”
BiG Day In helps students to learn about potential career paths and opportunities, and make informed decisions about their future.
The events are held at top university campuses around the country, to give students a feel of ‘university life’.
Students hear from a selection of speakers throughout the day, from organisations such as Adobe, Australian Space Agency, the Department of Human Services, KMPG and the Australian Defence Force.
Year nine student Alessia said that the day had peaked her interest in Animation and ICT.
“I really like how it showed all the potential jobs that we could have in the industry, all the different things that we could do.”
Teacher Donnalene Jones of Monaro High School in Cooma travelled over an hour and a half with a group of students to attend the event. She said that experiences such as the BiG Day In can broaden the horizons of students living in regional areas.
“For students that live in country and regional areas they don’t get the opportunity to access these areas of study”.
“It’s so exciting, and it’s bringing all the things together that they do separately. They’re enhancing the broad range of skills that they will need”.
The day included presentations from technologists at the forefront of their fields, including Genevieve Bell, Director of the ANU 3A Institute and Dr Tim Kitchen, Senior Education Specialist at Adobe.
Dr Kitchen was the Keynote speaker, and he said that outreach events are a fundamental part of equipping students with the tools they will need for their future careers.
“Getting students ready for an unknown future is really difficult. What’s important is to encourage students to think about creativity, interpersonal skills and problem solving - those are the skills that are going to be required in the future”.
“The more we as academics help and encourage our students to develop those skills, the better for those students, and also the better for the world.”
By Ellen Parsons