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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Bringing industry to the classroom

Dream Big Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides the best science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) experiences to young people aged 15 to 18 empowering them to become future leaders in education, industry and innovation.

IPWEAQ is proud to once again partner with Dream Big Australia having seen the benefits and results of this program firsthand. We support the role Dream Big Australia plays in encouraging girls in high school to consider engineering as an exciting and rewarding career path. Dream Big activities are based on current engineering units and are aimed at developing skills in leadership and teamwork and to identify innovative capabilities.

Want to be involved?

If you are a high school wanting to participate in a Dream Big event, a university student wanting to be a facilitator or an industry partner wanting to help shape our future generation there is a role for you! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in what has become the largest collaboration of students, undergraduates and successful engineering professionals in Queensland.

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Enquiries: please contact Nadia Marks, Director People & Capabilities

The Dream Big story

From small things big things grow!

Igniting the Dream

Founded as the Dream Big Project in 2014 by then CQU student and current Managing Director Jessica Kahl the project was focused on building a strong network of industry and education partnerships for the purpose of creating greater collaboration. The program transformed into the Dream Big Australia organisation in 2018.

Empowering the future

Since 2015 Dream Big has engaged over 350 students from 26 schools in Queensland in free one-day events!

Dream Big Australia promotes diversity of all types in STEAM with a specific focus on female school students in years 10-12. The workshops are deigned not just to improve students’ practical skills, but to spark their curiosity, engagement, participation and career aspirations by  giving them the opportunity to learn from and connect with leaders in the industry. 

Adding an A in STEM

Dream Big Australia introduces an A in STEM so it becomes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics).   Arts have a critical role to play in any comprehensive STEM education, encompassing the creative problem solving and human-centric design thinking that fuels innovative responses to science, technology and maths problems.