School holiday program sparks scientific minds

Tasmanian High School students will be heading back to the classroom to explore and experiment with the fascinating world of science.

The Science Experience is returning to the University of Tasmania Cradle Coast campus Tuesday, 17 January 2017, showcasing science, engineering and technology along with career options to Year 9 and 10 students from the North-West.

The national three-day program will allow local students to participate 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 be welcoming the students onto campus for a diverse number of engaging events.

“2015’s highlights include handling medical equipment, a slime making session, seeing what lies 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 on Thursday,” Dr Wilson said.

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

Professor Brian Yates, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, said the program would also 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.”

Cradle Coast campus Science Experience will be 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 will also take place in Hobart on 23 – 25 January 2017.

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

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