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Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five-day residential program designed to inspire and inform high school students of the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors. It is open to students in Years 11 and 12 and is held at the UQ Gatton Campus during the July break. Students explore science disciplines through hands on activities and workshop, attend industry-run sessions reinforcing careers on offer to graduates, experience living in the Halls of Residence and take part in fun social and sporting activities.

Gay Ellyett
Coordinator: Exceptional Scientists' Program

On Sunday 1 June, I headed off to UQ Gatton for a five-day residential program called FEAST – Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology. Upon arrival, I was given a group number (4) and taken to be acquainted with the room I would be staying in for four nights. The room was in one of UQ’s four Halls of Residence, and was used by university students during the term. The program was led primarily by students studying and living at UQ Gatton, who were open to any questions about university life. The sessions and activities ranged from agriculture to animals, and had something to interest every one of the 80+ students who attended. There was a strong focus on research, and careers and opportunities relating to the programs offered at Gatton.

Despite the early mornings and late nights (our longest day was from 4.30am to 11pm), I found that I had an amazing time and learnt much, not just about the courses offered at Gatton, but about university life, research, and the range of diverse careers surrounding the fields of agriculture and animals. I participated in hands-on activities, such as performing ultrasounds on goats, listened to lectures from professors, professionals, and UQ alumni, and made strong friendships, helped by the social activities organised for night time. A shout out must also go to the Dining Hall staff, for making amazingly delicious food for every meal.

The FEAST program was a great experience that I will find very useful in years to come. I had so much fun and highly recommend this program to anyone interested in studying at UQ Gatton, interested in the fields of agriculture and animals, or who would just like an idea of what university has to offer.

Mia Forsingdal, Year 11