Students take initiative for future career prospects

St Luke's Anglican School's Nathan Commens, Fatima Baghdad and Blake Hupalo are excited to be a part of the summit.

By Angela Norval

St Luke’s Anglican School students Blake Hupalo, Fatima Baghdadi and Nathan Commens have shown that a real passion for technology and a commitment to their future makes all the difference.

These students will be representing St Luke’s at the upcoming QUT STEM Summit in Brisbane.

These students stood out from hundreds of other students from throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales for the summit which is held over four days in the September school holidays.

QUT’s STEM high school engagement has been running since 2013 and is committed to inspiring the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics leaders, providing meaningful STEM experiences for year seven to 12 students.

Head of senior school Robyn Deer has congratulated the students saying “we have had a long-standing tradition of students attending the QUT STEM Summit and many of them have gone on to do great things in the worlds of science and dngineering.

“I know these students will get a great many skills over these four days and meet up with like-minded peers.”

St Luke’s Anglican School director of academic welfare and careers Kane Kersnovske said with the future of employment changing rapidly, predictions have shown that 75 per cent of the fastest-growing occupations required STEM-based technological skills.

“Therefore, this program creates opportunities for high school students to build enthusiasm for these STEM skills while drawing from the concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship,” he said.

“We are proud that Blake, Fatima and Nathan’s applications and school grades stood out enough for them to be chosen for the QUT STEM Summit, especially given the amount of other students that applied and they will be open to four days focused on career opportunities and jobs of the future.”

The QUT STEM Summit 2022 will allow students to:

• Experience subjects and careers through internships.

• Try out different fields of research.

• Attend talks and presentations from QUT Alumni.

• Participate in workshops.

• Meet people doing same or similar degrees.

• Narrow down selections for young people.

• Attend industry site visits.

This event will even include the technology jobs boom that the 2032 Olympics is set to bring to Brisbane and Queensland.

QUT STEM high school engagement program manager Simone Long said the summit traditionally attracted high achievers who were smart, motivated and already had an interest in STEM.

“It’s a fun week that gives senior school students a chance to mix with researchers and university students – and also hear from industry experts who visit QUT for the event to share their knowledge,” she said.

“It really does give them a taste of STEM technical skills and professional skills and experiences that will amplify their job prospects in the future.

“We also find that it can help students clarify the areas they are really interested in going on to pursue at university and during their careers.

“The school students will take part in three major interactive sessions that will unpack the importance of a STEM mindset, with the help of industry speakers, and look at future job opportunities.

“This next decade will see Queensland transformed for the Olympic Games, with a wide cross-section of commercial sectors benefiting and the creation of new jobs across all sectors – none more so than the STEM industries,” Ms Long said.