Welcome Brilliant Futures 2018!

Welcome and congratulations to our Brilliant Futures Gold Coast 2018 students who were inducted this week at Queensland Academies, Gold Coast. Our newest young scientists enjoyed an introduction to the Science Laboratories and the opportunity to explore and test various chemical compounds with the instruction of teachers from the Science Faculty and the supportive mentoring of Queensland Academies Science Ambassadors.

Sparking curiosity in Science-Technology-Engineering-Maths (STEM) learning is a key foundation for engaging students in Brilliant Futures, a preparation program for Queensland Academies Gold Coast. Throughout the year, we look forward to introducing students to a variety of online and workshop enrichment opportunities with our expert teaching staff and educators from our partner universities.

Expert teaching staff, high level resourcing and peer mentoring are cornerstones of the Brilliant Futures Program. These features are highlighted as best practice in attracting and maintaining young scientists in STEM sector future employment. Professor Emma Johnston, President of Science and Technology Australia – the peak body representing the nation’s scientific and research associations agrees. In making a case for higher investment for government and industry funding for scientific research and development, Professor Johnston argues, “Scientific research is an investment in the future… job growth and true innovations are in STEM.”[1] With 75% of future jobs growth requiring some form of STEM skills[2], Professor Johnston notes, “[The] fastest growing job sectors need STEM skills, people who are trained in STEM skills and people who can get jobs in STEM fields.”[3]

To learn more about Brilliant Futures Gold Coast: https://qa.eq.edu.au/brilliant-futures/

Mrs Vanessa Rebgetz
Deputy Principal
Brilliant Futures Gold Coast Coordinator

[1] Sabra Lane, Interview with Emma Johnston, (Radio Interview, 20 February, 2018).
[2] National Innovation and Science Agenda. (2018). Retrieved February 20, 2018, from https://www.innovation.gov.au/audience/young-australians
[3] Sabra Lane, Interview with Emma Johnston, (Radio Interview, 20 February, 2018).