Eat, Play, Learn

Engaging the community with fun and beneficial lineup of activities and talks.

Even with the threat of the weekend’s severe heat, lively music, entertaining performances and a full lineup of fun activities and workshops at our community engagement event, ‘Open Day: Come Discover Monash’, made it an enjoyable day for all.

Whether it was the soothing sounds of the classical Gamelan, or the warrior cries from the Muay Thai and Taekwondo team, visitors got a taste of the vibrant Monash culture and lifestyle. They also had the opportunity to groove to the kompang beat, where international students, decked out in their traditional costumes, led the ‘Parade  of Nations’.

From informative talks on how to help your child excel at university, to discovering the importance of family values, and also the scholarships available at Monash, parents seeking extra information were not disappointed. Academics and course counsellors were also readily available to walk them through  the various course options, and the enrolment process.

Visiting high school students, some of whom have travelled from as far as Johor Bahru and Penang, were enthusiastic to have a go at some of the outdoor activities, such as rock climbing and grappling.

To help visitors understand the programs offered, school-specific workshops were conducted. In the ‘Science behind pop eggs’ at the School of Science, participants learned about the food spherification technique and created their own ‘pop eggs’ - which is more commonly known  as ‘bubble’ in the widely popular bubble tea.

One of the most popular workshops with visiting students was the School of Arts and Social Sciences’ ‘Reporting without Borders’. Here, students were brought through the entire process of producing a news segment - from rehearsing and getting in front of the camera, to editing and  producing it.

Back by popular demand was the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Toy Hospital’. Little ones carrying their own teddies became doctors for a while, as they learned how to check blood pressure, dress and bandage wounds, and other simple medical procedures.

It was also a feast for the tastebuds as visitors are presented with a delicious array of food, representing the cultural diversity at Monash. Ranging from Sri Lankan delicacies and Aussie BBQ, to cold, sweet desserts like cendol and ABC on the warm Saturday afternoon, everyone went home with a satisfied and cool tummy.

View more photos from the event on our Facebook page.