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Free stall sites at inaugural expo to encourage and promote STEM

Organisations and businesses with links to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are being offered a free stall site at an inaugural expo in Gladstone in April.  

The Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman, and Tech Girls Movement founder, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, will be guest presenters at the Glad-STEM & Innovation Expo on Saturday, April 21.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said Gladstone Regional Council was working in partnership with key stakeholders to host the expo as part of 2018 National Youth Week. 

The expo will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre (GECC) from 10am to 2pm. 

“Glad-STEM & Innovation Expo is designed for residents of all ages and aims to offer young residents access to STEM, highlight career opportunities and provide parents and carers with more information about the technology growth,” Councillor Burnett said. 

Councillor Rick Hansen said the expo would show how STEM programs could be applied to day-to-day activities. 

“Businesses, educational facilities and government organisations may be interested in displaying interactive activities on the day, or be keen to show how STEM is incorporated into their operations,” Cr Hansen said. 

“This is also an opportunity for local businesses that sell products aligned with STEM to showcase their products, such as drones and computers,” he said. 

Guest presenter, popular school science show host Ruben Meerman, studied physics at the Queensland University of Technology and then worked designing and manufacturing optical coatings for medical, military and industrial lasers. 

Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen will also speak on the day as founder of the Tech Girls Movement, a non-profit organisation encouraging and raising awareness of technology career options for girls. 

For further information or to enquire about a free stall at the expo contact Council’s Youth Development Officer Vernetta Perrett on 4976 6300 or email

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