Around 240 primary school students converged on the Cradle Coast campus for an interactive and immersive program during March, aimed at raising their educational aspirations.
The grade five students from across greater Burnie were participants in a Dream BIG initiative, allowing them to visit the University of Tasmania, Hellyer College and TasTAFE across four days to experience and learn more about higher education.
With the University’s support, the visits were organised by the BIG Committee, a coalition of North-West leaders from industry, business and education, working to inspire young people in Burnie to further their learning.
Cradle Coast campus General Manager and BIG Committee member Danielle Kidd said the visits gave students the chance to be immersed in higher education at an early age.
“We hope we inspired them to start thinking about pathways towards their future careers and how further education nurtures this journey,” Ms Kidd said.
“At the Cradle Coast campus, staff from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the Rural Clinical School introduced the young students to our world-class educational opportunities; ultimately we wanted to encourage them to start perceiving our university as an integral part of their future.”
During the visits, students were handed GPS tracking devices to monitor their movements as they learned about the technology’s use in agriculture. They also gained insight into virtual herding technology through video recordings, and gazed through equipment allowing them to understand colostrum assessment in dairy farming practices.
The Dream BIG participants also dressed in hats, gloves and masks to perform simulated operations, practiced hand hygiene, and heard how to keep their hearts healthy.
The visiting primary schools were Burnie, Cooee, Somerset, Ridgley, Havenview, Romaine Park, Montello and Natone.
Pictured: Alison Hall from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture with students from Ridgley Primary School.