Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
Test drive VR (very real) opportunities at Discover CDU
Test drive VR (very real) opportunities at Discover CDU

Territorians to follow their dreams at CDU

By Kaye Hall

CDU’s Casuarina campus will open its doors on Sunday 18 August to more than 5000 people with big dreams and more than a dash of curiosity. 

Discover CDU is a celebration of learning, featuring an extraordinary program of innovation, inspiration and entertainment. With more than 75 stalls and activities led by the university’s trailblazing researchers and students, there will be something for everyone.

Manager Student Recruitment and Events, Marissa Briston said school leavers and mature age students looking to upskill, change careers or re-train should love this year’s Discover CDU program.

Innovation is high on the agenda. Visitors will don headset and gloves to experience “Biidaaban: First Light”, a virtual reality canoe ride through the streets of Toronto presented by the Darwin Festival and CDU’s Innovative Media Production Studio. 

The university’s 3D printer will also strut its stuff. Visitors can watch as LightSPEE3D uses cold spray technology to produce metal objects in a matter of minutes. 

Things will get real at the ERGT Fire Training Ground where visitors will feel the heat when a three-metre-high tank and fuel storage area is set alight. 

For the kids, the Confucius Institute is offering calligraphy, paper cutting and other Chinese cultural activities. There will be plenty of food and drink, including the NT’s biggest hamburger, cooked by the CDU Culinary Arts team.

“Discover CDU provides an excellent opportunity for Territorians to see what’s new in the world and explore their options for study in a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere,” Ms Briston said.

“We will be live-streaming many talks and events, including the beginner’s guide to university, academic talks, scholarships and learning abroad.”

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