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School program sparks local scientific minds

Science Experience Dec 2017

North-West high school students converged on the University of Tasmania’s Cradle Coast campus between 29 November - 1 December to explore and experiment with science.

The Science Experience is a three-day interactive national program that allows the next generation of bright minds to discover the disciplines of science, engineering and technology.

More than 20 students from Year 9 and 10 participated in hands-on activities during workshops led by experts in astronomy, geology, chemistry, agricultural science, medical science and engineering.

They also learned about the role of science in industry and its presence in local indigenous history, in addition to research and career opportunities.

Program coordinator Dr Adele Wilson said the Science Experience presented an educational opportunity for students to have fun and meet new people.

“This year’s highlights included a hands-on health experience with doctors and medical students, a colourful chemistry session with slime and dyes, an engineering challenge and an excursion to TIA’s Dairy Research Facility," Dr Wilson said.

“The program culminated on Friday afternoon with a spectacular show hosted by Science Experience guide and talented science communicator Jeremy Just.”

Professor Brian Yates, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, hoped the program encouraged participants to further their education.

“The Science Experience allows young people to engage with like-minded peers, expand their knowledge, and be guided by the University’s inspiring scientists and engineers,” Professor Yates said.

“By hosting the program on campus, we also hope participants will start thinking about progressing their education in these fields, through the avenue of university study.”

The Cradle Coast campus Science Experience was attended by students from Burnie High School, Marist Regional College, Parklands High School, Penguin District School, Ulverstone High School and Wynyard High School.

Programs will also take place in Launceston between 5 – 7 December, and in Hobart during 11 – 13 December, with both already at full capacity.  

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

Published on: 01 Dec 2017 2:43pm