more-info-white COVID-19 - latest advice

queensland university of technology brisbane australia
person at the cube wearing vr headset

Image by Patria Jannides

Family Fun Day

Join us for an extra special showcase of QUT's research and more hands-on activities for the whole family to launch QUT's Summer holiday program.

Book in for the marine discovery sessions to learn about the amazing creatures of the ocean, see underwater autonomous vehicle RangerBot, and meet QUT's researchers.

See full list of activities below.


person at the cube wearing vr headset

Image: Patria Jannides

The Living Reef VR

Swim with the fish and experience the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef using virtual reality (VR). This VR experience will get you up close to the creatures of the sea, all without getting wet!

CAUTION

Individuals who have been diagnosed with Epilepsy are not able to participate. This activity may cause dizziness, disorientation or nausea. Children must be 8 years or over and accompanied by an adult.

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM – 2PM (drop-in)

DURATION

Session time approximately 2 minutes

SUITABILITY

Ages 8+ (adult supervision required)

TICKETS

Free, no bookings required

WHERE

map pin icon

P413A
P Block, Level 4
Science & Engineering Centre


QUT Research Zone

QUT Research Zone

Check out QUT's reef and coral research!

Improve your classification skills by viewing a range of dry coral and sand specimens under the microscope. Chat to QUT's coral reef researcher Brett Lewis and hear about his fascinating breakthroughs in the world of coral knowledge.

Test out your coral identification skills with the online citizen science project Virtual Reef Diver where you can analyse coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef.

Meet Dr Julie Vercelloni and Tanya Dogen from the Virtual Reef Diver team who will tell you more about the math behind the making of this acclaimed project which was featured at the 2018 National Science Week.

You can also try out your coral and marine creature identification skills with the Virtual Reef Diver card game. Card game sessions will be held from 11:00AM. These free game sessions are for groups of 2 to 6 players, just sign-up on the day at the registration in P-413.

The RangerBot Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) developed by QUT Professor Matthew Dunbabin will be on display at The Cube.

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM – 2PM

CARD GAME SESSION

11AM – 2PM (register in P413)

GUEST RESEARCHERS

10AM – 2PM (drop-in)

SUITABILITY

All ages

TICKETS

Free, no bookings required

WHERE

map pin icon

P413 & P413A
P Block, Level 4
Science & Engineering Centre


teacher and student looking through high-tech imaging equipment

Image: Patrick Hamilton, QUT Winter Holiday Program

Water works workshop

This workshop is designed to get students thinking about the importance of water quality including hands-on water treatment and testing. Perform tests for turbidity and pH and use microscopes to examine pond life.

Beginner level – no prior experience required.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to predict the result of an experiment based on prior knowledge
  • Learn how to test water for pH and turbidity
  • Learn to identify organisms commonly found in pond water, using microscopes
  • Learn to compare your results with your predictions

Presented by QUT's Extreme Science Van.

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

1PM – 2PM

DURATION

1 hour

SUITABILITY

Ages 9 – 14 years

TICKETS

$17 per person, bookings essential

WHERE

map pin icon

P502
The Cube (P Block)
Science & Engineering Centre


cute 3d reef creatures

Image: courtesy of STEMPunks

Reef 3D & VR workshop

Facilitated by STEMPunks, this immersive STEM workshop asks students to explore the challenges facing the reef and discuss solutions for marine life.

Participants will learn how to use 3D design STEM Tools to design and create their own underwater world complete with turtles, dolphins, sharks and more. Then learn how to use Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to explore their new 3D world.

Beginner level – no prior experience required.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify impacts on the reef
  • Introduction to 3D design of virtual environments
  • Use Augmented and Virtual Reality in 3D design

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM, 11:15AM

DURATION

45 minutes

SUITABILITY

Ages 7 – 12 years

TICKETS

$17 per person, bookings essential

WHERE

map pin icon

P502
The Cube (P Block)
Science & Engineering Centre


young student at qut's the cube

Image: Patria Jannides

Ocean creations

Children and families are invited to let their imagination flow at the Ocean Creations drop-in space.

Have fun cutting, colouring, and weaving your own sea creatures from simple paper, craft, and recycled materials.

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM – 2PM (drop-in)

SUITABILITY

Ages 5+

TICKETS

Free, no bookings required

WHERE

map pin icon

P506
P Block, Level 5
Science & Engineering Centre


QUT Winter Holiday Program students

Image: Patria Jannides

Sphero sea rescue

In this hands-on activity, children and families will be introduced to the basics of robotics using Sphero.

Navigate Sphero around a range of obstacles and make your way through the course to complete a sea rescue mission. Watch out for sharks and see how fast you can get Sphero across the finish line!

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM – 2PM (drop-in)

SUITABILITY

Ages 5+

TICKETS

Free, no bookings required

WHERE

map pin icon

P506A
P Block, Level 5
Science & Engineering Centre


digital sea creatures

THE LIVING REEF

The Living Reef builds on the success of Virtual Reef released in 2013, with new environments, interactive learning experiences, and including the latest in reef science by QUT researchers.

A digital marine ecosystem, The Living Reef is an immersive underwater interactive experience of the Great Barrier Reef. This innovative project features hyper-realistic digital content created by The Cube studio. For example, the fish have been programmed with complex artificial intelligence (AI) controlling their behaviours. This AI system gives each fish a purpose which replicates fish behaviour in the wild – fish can look for food, avoid being eaten, or even swim in schools!

The Cube studio consulted with QUT's coral researchers Brett Lewis and Luke Nothdurft to make the coral appear more realistic. A specialised technical artist was employed to develop a 'space colonization algorithm' which allows each piece of coral to be grown using mathematical equations and to ensure every piece of coral is a unique, replicating the diversity of nature.

The Living Reef features interactive on-screen activities. Turtle Tangle allows vistors to cut away ghost nets to help to free a turtle and Reef Ranger allows visitors to navigate RangerBot – an underwater vehicle developed by QUT's Professor Matthew Dunbabin.

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM – 4PM

SUITABILITY

All ages (adult supervision required)

TICKETS

Free, no bookings required

WHERE

map pin icon

The Cube
P Block, Level 4
Science & Engineering Centre


physics observatory on the cube screens

Physics Observatory

Physics Observatory is a game-like environment where people of all ages can engage in learning about physics. Imagine throwing a wooden block while on the Moon's gravity and then observing the difference when you throw one on the Sun, which is only one of the many discoveries you can make in the safety of the Physics Observatory. This project encourages exploration as you interact with, and observe, different elements and how they can be affected by their environment.

As you explore the Physics Observatory you will learn about key historical figures, their experiments, and be able to play through different scenarios to discover key principles of physics. Get zapped by a Tesla coil, change the gravity in the environment, drop weights from a great height and even find out how long light takes to travel across the Solar System.

Physics Observatory Visitor Resource [PDF, 305 KB]

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM – 4PM

SUITABILITY

All ages (adult supervision required)

TICKETS

Free, no bookings required

WHERE

map pin icon

The Cube
P Block, Level 4
Science & Engineering Centre


the retro arcade on the cube screens

Retro Arcade

The Retro Arcade is an ever-expanding trip down memory lane into 80s style games, revitalised and showcasing the mathematics behind each game.

Mighty Pucks is an ice hockey game where beautiful pixel graphics combine with fast based action to create an intense match where two teams of two players compete for victory. Track Stars is a four-player retro inspired rendition of the hundred-metre dash with a twist.

Other games rotating in The Retro Arcade include Block Breakers, Parabola Pirates and Space Junk. Built into these games are behind-the-scenes mathematical insights, capable of showing off the algorithms that go into achieving simple arcade fun.

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM – 4PM

SUITABILITY

All ages (adult supervision required)

TICKETS

Free, no bookings required

WHERE

map pin icon

The Cube
P Block, Level 4
Science & Engineering Centre


Marine Discovery Sessions

Image: Supplied by Ocean Life Education

MARINE DISCOVERY SESSIONS

The Marine Discovery Sessions are currently booked out.

Ever wondered about the life of a sea star?

Presented by the experienced team at Ocean Life Education, join us for the special reef and marine themed discovery sessions designed for QUT's Summer Holiday Program.

You will learn about the amazing creatures of the ocean, find out fun fish facts, and have a chance to get up close to Ocean Life's live marine animals.

When

Saturday 11 January

Times

10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM

DURATION

30 minutes

SUITABILITY

Ages 5+ (adult supervision required)

TICKETS

Free, bookings essential
(each parent/child requires a ticket)

WHERE

map pin icon

P512
P Block, Level 5
Science & Engineering Centre