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3D printing expert to spark students’ interest in STEM

26 Jul 2017 | Tags:
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Stephanie Piper will be the keynote speaker at the Western STEM event.

She’s the 3D printing guru who is using her maker magic to help people bring their ideas to life.

Stephanie Piper discovered her passion for 3D printing while studying a Bachelor of Health, majoring in Biomedical Science, at USQ.

She taught herself how to use a 3D printer and one of her first creations was a 3D printer, which she built in her college bedroom.

Now the president of Hackerspace Brisbane and the Community Engagement Coordinator at USQ, where she runs the USQ Library Makerspace, is excited to share her experiences and wisdom with more than 160 high school students at USQ Ipswich tomorrow (July 27).

Organised by The Ipswich State High School, the Western STEM event will provide students the opportunity to participate in a range of educational, engaging and hands-on sessions and activities, including building robots, learning about the solar system and a 3D printing demonstration.

It will see Year 7-9 students from Ipswich SHS, Lowood SHS, St Mary’s College Ipswich and West Moreton Anglican College be exposed to some of the exciting careers students could access by studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

“My message to the students will be to dive deep and get involved in coding, electronics, 3D printing and all these fantastic technologies that are easy to learn,” Miss Piper said.

Miss Piper’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for her work has helped encourage others to explore and embrace new technologies, and realise how many exciting opportunities there are in 3D printing and makerspaces.

She hoped her story would motivate more students to study STEM in higher education.

“There are plenty of awesome opportunities out there for young people who are willing to explore and immerse themselves in the wonders of science and technology,” she said.

What: Western STEM
When: Thursday July 27, 9.15am – 2pm
Where: USQ Ipswich, 11 Salisbury Rd, Ipswich