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School holiday program sparks scientific minds

Science Experience 2017

Tasmanian high school students converged on the Cradle Coast campus during January to explore and experiment with the fascinating world of science.

The Year 9 and 10 students were participants of the Science Experience, a three-day national program showcasing science, engineering and technology along with career options, taking place in Burnie between January 17 - 19.

Facilitated locally by the University of Tasmania, students participated in hands-on activities with experts to learn about geology, chemistry, zoology, agricultural science, medical sciences, engineering, and marine and Antarctic studies.

Coordinator Dr Adele Wilson said it was exciting to welcome the students onto campus.

“This year’s highlights included handling medical equipment, a slime making session, seeing what was beneath the scales of fish, discovering drones, excursions to TIA’s Dairy Research farm and a local lobster pond, with the program culminating in a spectacular finale, the Flashbang Chemistry Show,” Dr Wilson said.

“The program also allowed young people to learn about the world-class research being led by the University’s scientists and engineers, while seeing what their work involved first-hand.”

The Science Experience also took place in Hobart between Monday, 23 January and Wednesday, 25 January.

Professor Brian Yates, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology said the program would inform students about the opportunities higher education presents.  

“Students get hands-on experience in the University’s labs while being guided by our expert science tutors to experiment with new things and make discoveries that are both educational and fun,” Professor Yates said.

“Programs like these empower the next generation of scientific minds to forge a lifelong interest in the STEM disciplines, and we hope the Science Experience will inspire these students to one day return to the University of Tasmania to study with us.”

The Cradle Coast campus Science Experience was attended by almost 20 students from Burnie High, Devonport High, Marist Regional College, Penguin District School, St Brendan-Shaw College and Wynyard High.

The program is supported by ConocoPhillips Australia, the Science Schools Foundation, the Australian Science Teachers Association, Rotary, and universities around the country.

Published on: 17 Feb 2017 4:03pm