Issue 7
Monday, 02 September 2019
Charles Darwin University
Eight-year-old Terry Tsoukalas gets the lowdown on plumbing from VET lecturer Michael Lane at Discover CDU
Eight-year-old Terry Tsoukalas gets the lowdown on plumbing from VET lecturer Michael Lane at Discover CDU

Discover CDU’s community spirit

Discover CDU brought thousands of people on to Casuarina campus to learn about the university and pathways to study. More than 300 staff and student volunteers were on hand to welcome around 4000 visitors on campus and 350 online.

With 75 stalls, tours and activities, Discover CDU was a “hive of activity”, with prospective students interacting with staff and enjoying a range of interactive experiences.

Manager Student Recruitment and Events, Marissa Briston said that while the focus was on recruitment and talking to prospective students, the feedback from staff was around the positive community vibe.

The day’s highlights included interactive activities such as sampling the NT’s biggest burger and going up on the elevated work platform, which gave visitors an extraordinary bird’s eye view of Casuarina campus. At the Menzies School of Health Research stall, players from NT Thunder tested the visitors with a vertical leap to test how high they could jump, and the Sports and Recreation team had people lining up for the battle ropes to test strength and endurance.

The tours were also fully booked, including tours of CDU’s 3D printing, fire grounds and aquaculture. The turtles at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods were another crowd pleaser.

“It’s important to have a strong drawcard to promote all the amazing work we are doing,” Ms Briston said.

The university’s Innovative Media Production Studio (IMPS) virtual reality experience, run in partnership with the Darwin Festival, was also popular. Activities showcased new digital technologies being used as part of the Teaching and Learning platforms.

Sharon Watson from IMPS said people who attended seemed to be amazed at what was on offer at CDU.

“It was interesting to see the teenagers tended towards the game experiences while the adults wanted the shifting reality experiences of walking the plank,” she said.

Ms Briston thanked everyone who helped make Discover CDU such a success.

“These events can’t happen without involvement from staff pulling together to promote the university as a whole,” she said.