More and more school students are discovering the wonderful world of science, engineering and technology – and finding a huge variety of world-class science happening right here in Tasmania.
Year 9 and 10 students will be attending the University of Tasmania campuses for The Science Experience, a national three-day program that showcases different sciences and highlights career options.
Hands-on science lab sessions with expert scientists are featured in the program, exploring areas such as chemistry, zoology, plant science, geography and spatial science, earth science, agriculture, marine science, engineering and human health.
“The Science Experience provides an opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of what science really is and to discover the diversity of career options available. Participants engage in hands-on activities, tour university facilities and spend time learning from researchers, academics and university students,” Science Experience program coordinator Tanaz Knott said.
“This year’s program is focused on showcasing how science can be used to tackle complex challenges such as environmental sustainability, climate change and the human condition, at both a global and local level. Students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences over the three days and are supported in identifying their next steps towards tailoring their own meaningful and engaging career.”
Programs are running at the Newnham and Sandy Bay campuses this December.
The Science Experience program is supported by ConocoPhillips Australia, the Science Schools Foundation, the Australian Science Teachers Association, Rotary and universities around the country.
Sandy Bay campus
Tuesday, 11 December
9.30 am – Noon: Chemistry (teaching laboratory, Chemistry building) – students will be exploring the chemistry of the natural world, synthesizing indigo dye and using coffee machines to extract chemicals from plants using a technique that has become a popular green extraction method within the last decade.
1.30 – 4 pm: Zoology and Plant Science (Life Science Building, Room 222 and 274) – students will be in the laboratory learning to identify skulls and how leaf vein structure indicates crop growth.
Wednesday, 12 December
9.30-10.30 am: Geography and Spatial Sciences (Geology Room 106 and 227) – students will be flying mini-drones and learning about their applications in conservation and land management.
Information released by University of Tasmania Communications and Media Office