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Year 10 Students Experiment with ECU and Siemens

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

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60 Year 10 students from around Perth will be packing their bags and heading off to University this week.

The students will be taking part in the annual Siemens Science Experience at the Joondalup Campus of Edith Cowan University (ECU).

The Siemens Science Experience gives high school students, who are about to enter Year 10, the opportunity to spend 3 days on a university campus and experience a different kind of science.

The experience involves hands-on experiments, group workshops, mini-lectures, open forums and social games led by ECU students and staff.

This year participants will take part in activities involving Skin Cancer DNA, climate change modeling, psychology, sports science and physics.

ECU's event organiser Nardia Bordas says the Siemens Science Experience gives students a chance to investigate their options by giving them a taste of real university science before they pick upper school subjects.

"The idea behind the experience is to inspire high school students to keep studying science by giving them a taste of university study", she said.

Nardia says that most people have a very old-fashioned idea of what university science is all about, but the kids have a new found enthusiasm for science by the end of the program.

"Science involves so much more than test tubes and white coats - it has a part to play in motor racing, water conservation, space travel and aviation", she said.

The Siemens Science Experience is an annual event open to any students about to start Year 10.

"Anyone can take part, all you need is an interest in science!", says Nardia.

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