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Natalie Explores Science of the Future - 18 October 2016

Year 11 high achieving student, Natalie Otway, attended the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Camp in the September holidays.


The QUT STEM camp is a fun and challenging fully-funded week-long camp for high achieving Year 11 students that aims to accelerate their understanding and exposure to research and innovation in STEM.


The 2016 camp invited 160 of Queensland’s brightest students to spend five days at the Gardens Point campus to work with leading QUT scientists in real-world research projects. Projects explored some of the major challenges and opportunities facing our society such as the next wave of advancements in nanotechnology, robotic surgery, sustainable agriculture, biofabrication and next generation virtual reality.


Natalie specialised in the Pharmacy Zombie Busters project where she was part of a team of students taking on the role of the frontline pharmacists who had been tasked with preventing the spread of the World Health Organisation’s fictional “Brisbane outbreak of the Z0-M8-1E (Zombie) virus”. Using expert pharmaceutical knowledge, students were challenged to create a formulation to administer a new drug to the infected. They then produced a “repellent” to protect their own researchers, the first responders and healthcare workers, who were treating the infected.


Natalie said that the QUT STEM Camp was a great experience.


“I got to meet so many new friends from all over Queensland and work alongside inspirational researchers and academics,” she said.


“It was really interesting to learn about the work that pharmacists do, such as formulating IV drips, compounding tablets, and creating medicated creams.


“I would highly recommend this camp to girls interested in STEM or health.”


After the camp, QUT staff commended Natalie’s efforts and participation, saying:

“It was an absolute pleasure to spend the week with you. You represented your school with respect and pride, and we hope your week at QUT has inspired you to pursue your passion in the STEM fields.”


Thank you to all science staff at LHC who have inspired Natalie and other students to consider careers in STEM. Well done, Natalie, for representing Lourdes Hill College and we look forward to seeing you possibly joining LHC past pupils who are achieving success in the field of science.


Cathy Hains
Head of Faculty – Differentiated Learning

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