STUDENTS at Goodna Special School made a special visit to USQ Ipswich recently to learn about digital technologies and their growing impact on modern-day life.
The enthusiastic group of Year 7-12 students, which has an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), were excited to see the different technologies at USQ and how they impact on daily life.
They also explored the campus, participated in activities involving different types of technologies and spoke to USQ lecturers and technical staff.
The trip also included a tour of the sport and exercise science laboratory and simulated ambulance and emergency training room, where they learnt about the many different technologies used in sport and exercise and paramedicine.
Goodna Special School teacher Mark Njombo said the trip was designed to expose the students to some high-end technology and equipment used at universities to change people's lives, especially in these times of rapid technological advances.
"All the students have an interest in STEM, so for them to see the technology that is available here and the ways technology is used in different professions was very powerful and interesting,” he said.
"The school tries its best to have our students included in all aspects of life by supporting their involvement and exposure to significant events in the local and wider community, which also helps build their social and other skills.”
The visit was also aimed at exposing the students to life beyond high school while also showing tertiary education as a future pathway even for some students with disabilities.
"This was the first time most of these students have been to a university campus and they thoroughly enjoyed it,” Mr Njombo said.
USQ has a number of strategies in place to widening the participation and accessibility of higher education in the community, including a Disability Action Plan aimed at supporting people to achieve their full potential.