Activities that will open your mind at Griffith Open Day
Griffith Open Day, coming up on Sunday 11 August, showcases the wide range of opportunities at the University, and offers prospective students and their families a chance to experience what university life is all about.
As well as over 200 information sessions across the Nathan, South Bank and Gold Coast campuses, there are a wide range of activities, such as tours and demonstrations to check out to give you a taste of what Griffith has on offer.
Below are some of my top picks for Griffith Open Day 2019.
As you can see below, there’s so much to do! Make sure you visit the Griffith Open Day website to register and get access to the Open Day planner.
Across our campuses
Vice Chancellor’s Welcome
9am Nathan, 11am Gold Coast
Hear from our new Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Carolyn Evans, about Griffith’s commitment to creating transformational education experiences, built on innovation, teaching excellence and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Try the amazing library race
All day, Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campus libraries
Outline your own adventure around the libraries in our amazing library race at all three Open Day locations. Explore the library by completing a series of tasks and challenges, and you’ll be in the running for a bunch of prizes.
Go on a campus tour
Running every 30 minutes throughout the day from various meeting points on each campus, these tours are a great chance to explore your study options. They take in several of the standalone activities and information sessions on Open Day, so check you aren’t going to the same thing twice.
Attend a Go Global information session
Find out what international opportunities there are for Griffith University students at the Go Global information sessions. Countless students have enriched their tertiary education experiences by expanding their horizons with international experiences. Find out how to get involved!
Accommodation facilities tour
Check out the on-campus accommodation facilities at Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.
The Gold Coast campus is our largest. It’s home to more than 18,000 students studying degrees that span across almost all disciplines.
Architecture interactive exhibitions and information session
G39, 3.11 9.30-10am, 1.30-11am, 12.30-1pm.
Gain insight into Griffith’s architecture degrees through this interactive exhibition and information session.
Construction management Lego building challenge activity
G39 Undercroft, 9am-2pm
Consider yourself a Lego whiz? Show off your talents while learning about our construction management degree.
Dental clinic and prosthetics laboratory tour
G40 Level 3 Foyer, 10.45am-11.30am, 12.45pm-1.30pm
Take a tour of Griffith’s state-of-the-art dental clinic and prosthetics laboratory and see the high-tech toys you could be playing with by studying one of Griffith’s range of dental degrees.
Engineering: Interactive displays, activities and simulations
G09 (level 1) and G39 (level 2) labs 9am-2pm
See and experience what engineering could be like for you when you study at Griffith University.
Financial trading room activity
G42 2.16, 10.00 am – 1.30 pm
Visit our financial trading centre at Open Day and learn using live foreign exchange data and Bloomberg terminals.
Griffith Racing Team student racing car and simulation display
G39 Undercroft, 9am-2pm
Take a drive in a race simulator and see the open-wheeled race car designed by Griffith students.
GU and Sea World partnership stand
G39, Undercroft, 9am-2pm
Hear about Griffith’s exciting partnership with Sea World and the possibilities it opens up for students.
Journalism lab tour
Event Area C – meet at the Humanities, languages and social science booth, 11.30-12pm, 1pm-1.30pm
Discover how to record a TV or radio news bulletin at Griffith’s journalism lab, which contains all the tools required for modern reporters. Tours depart every 30 minutes.
Meet Baxter, the gentle giant robot
G09 1.43, 9am-2pm
Interact with Griffith’s resident robot and take it on it a two-player game.
Medicine facilities and anatomy lab tour
Event area A – meet at the medicine booth, 9am-2pm
Join an interactive tour with medical students in our problem-based learning rooms, clinical skills lab and anatomy lab. Tours depart every 30 minutes.
Law skills interactive demonstration
G36 2.58 Moot Court, 1pm-1.30pm
View the mooting skills of Griffith law students first-hand as they play out a court-room scenario.
G14 2.30, 9am-2pm
Griffith students work on commercial projects at Liveworm Studio, an embedded Work Integrated Learning design studio. Check out what it’s all about.
Native plant giveaway
G39 Undercroft, 9am-2pm
Collect a native plant and help grow a beautiful environment.
Paramedicine facilities lab tour
Event area A – medicine booth, 9am-1.30pm
Check out the paramedicine lab, which is set up to put students into high-pressure situations that improve their decision-making abilities. These critical skills could mean the difference between life and death.
Psychology in action: Activities and experiments
G40 4.111 and 4.112, 12pm-12.30pm
Get your head around what it’s like studying psychology with some cognitive experiments.
Nathan campus is Griffith’s original campus. It is home to 13,000 students and is situated on the edge of Toohey Forest, just 15 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD.
Aviation flight procedures lab
N25 1.13, 9am-2pm
Put your flying goggles on and prepare to learn about how we train pilots at Griffith University.
EcoCentre animal, solar technology and sustainable living displays
N68 foyer, 9am-2pm
Explore the sustainably designed EcoCentre, learn about low-impact building materials and clean energy and say hello to some of our animal friends.
Experience engineering at Griffith tour
Meet at engineering booth event area A, 9am-2pm
The Nathan campus is an engineering hub, covering all types of engineering, from software to civil. This tour is built to show you the breadth of Griffith’s engineering excellence.
Financial trading room activity
N50 0.32, 10am-1.30pm
Aspiring financial traders will be in heaven at Nathan’s financial trading room. It’s a simulation of what professional traders experience, as they monitor Bloomberg terminals and see a wash of numbers going up and down all around them. It’s enough to get the adrenalin pumping for anyone with an interest in finance.
Journalism lab tour
Event area B – meet at humanities, languages and social science booth, 11.30am-12pm, 1pm-1.30pm.
Few industries have been disrupted more by the rise of the internet than journalism, but Griffith’s journalism lab has kept up with these changes, so that students understand what’s expected of them in a modern newsroom. Check out the latest audio-visual technology on this journalism lab tour.
Psychology sample lecture
Put your mind to learning about psychology in a classroom setting, just like students experience every day.
Science labs discovery tour
N44 and N34, 9am-1pm
Visit our chemistry lab, biosciences lab and Centre for Quantum Dynamics and get a first-hand look at the innovative facilities at the disposal of Griffith science students. Tours depart every 30 minutes.
N34 foyer, 9am-2pm
Have fun learning how slime is created and walk away oozing with new science knowledge.
What does it feel like to be a first-year law student?
N61 2.06, 12pm-1pm
For many students, beginning university is a walk into the unknown. It’s different from high school, but most of us quickly get into the rhythm of it. Attend this lecture to get an insight into what first year would hold for you as a law student.
South Bank is our home of the creative and performing arts comprised of the Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
QCA Director’s welcome and introduction
S05 2.04, 9am-9.15am, 11.45am-12pm
Queensland Conservatorium Director, Scott Harrison, outlines Griffith’s global industry connections and the benefits of learning from our award-winning music educators.
Creative and interactive media: Making things flash and deep drop-in workshop
S02, level 4 design studios, 9am-2pm
Get hands-on where art meets science.
Motion capture demonstrations
S03 1.3, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Have you ever wondered how some of your favourite films are made? Take a look behind the scenes with the motion capture demonstrations.
S04 1.31, 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Observe our students working on their projects and ask them questions about uni.
S01 South Bank Balcony, 9am-12pm
Chill out and relax while enjoying acoustic performances from QCA students every hour on the balcony. It could be you up there performing in the future!
Popular music presentation
S01 Ian Hanger Recital Hall, 12.45 pm – 1.15 pm
Learn about the new popular music strand within the Bachelor of Music degree. This degree has proved very popular (he he).
Animation and games studios
S02 5.30-5.31 5.34, 9am-2pm
Gaming, animation and digital design is a thriving industry with vast potential. Griffith University’s animation degree was recently judged the best in Australia. Find out why here!
Visit our galleries and studios
South Bank is Griffith University’s visual and creative arts hub. A range of galleries and studios are open to the public to visit on Open Day, including the Contemporary Australian and Indigenous art studio, Glass Box Gallery, Grey Street Gallery, Griffith University Art Museum, and the Webb Gallery.
If you can’t make it to Open Day, don’t worry, there are events throughout the year, including Q&A sessions with our student recruitment officers and mature student open evenings to explore study options and pathways here at Griffith.
By Charlotte Fung