STEMing from Asia Youth Forum

Pictured L-R: Jacob Barany, Morgan Clayfield-Hoskin, Kaden Dale, Tinddy Gao, Marvin Hsieh, Ceri Johnson, Kurian Jose, Shinbe Kim, Joseph Lee, Jack Li, Garlok Lu, Robert Newton, Yuta Niiya, Nathan Nunes, Sophie Taylor, Eras Van Niekerk, Ben White, Yulan Yang.

With new technologies being developed and challenges to be overcome, it makes sense to be exposed to opportunities to learn how to effectively solve problems. The STEMing from Asian Youth Forum was a youth-led, engaging learning experience that brought together students from different schools and year levels (8-10) to explore examples of technological and infrastructural advances from across countries like China, Korea, Japan and Australia. 18 QAHS Year 10 students ventured to the Queensland Museum on Wednesday 5 June to collaboratively work on group to design, or re-design a product or service that addresses emerging societal needs.

Students were asked to research some everyday technologies to find out where they were made and whether all or some of the production aspects were spread over multiple countries. In their allocated country teams (QAHS represented Japan and Australia) students delved into some technologies that had been pioneered in their country and asked to rank strengths and weaknesses.

A break was taken to enjoy the NASA exhibition in the museum and all students were able to appreciate the previous developments in STEM that lead to one of humanity’s greatest triumphs, the moon landing.

Fresh from the exhibit, Students split off into different groups to collaborate and design a prototype based on an identified need. Students came up with Li-fi (LED based wi-fi data transfer), AI mining and extraction robots, and a helicarrier hospital for rural health care were just some of the innovative ideas the students developed. These ideas were collaboratively presented and fedback as a “Gallery Wall of Ideas”.  Through debate and reflection, students concluded the day with discussion about intercultural and ethical implications and a presentation by a Futurist Speaker who further led the students to consider the immediate STEM needs for society.

This opportunity allowed the students to develop collaborative skills and increase their awareness of STEM and the need to solve future problems with our neighbouring countries.

Ms Anna Linecker
Biology/Chemistry Faculty