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Chief Scientist of WA welcomes aspiring Year 10's to ECU

Monday, 12 May 2008


WA's Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley is visiting Edith Cowan University (ECU) Joondalup on Monday, 12 May to launch a new academic extension program for gifted Year 10 students.

The program is the result of a new partnership between ECU and the WA Catholic Education Office, and is aimed at students who have a special aptitude for science and mathematics.

Five students have been selected from each of the schools involved in the program - Sacred Heart, Prendiville, Mater Dei and Irene McCormack Catholic Colleges.

The students will take extension units in mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry led by ECU staff, giving them a chance to experience a tertiary learning environment.

The program also includes a number of inspirational guest speakers including Professor Beazley and a number of ECU's leading researchers.

ECU's Dr Christine Ormond, co-ordinator of the extension program says the program provides an important intellectual challenge for some of WA's special young people.

"The program provides academic enrichment for students who have the potential to become WA's future research scientists," she said.

"Gifted young students need the opportunity to work with other high achievers to ensure they are academically challenged to aspire to excellence."

The School of Education will be conducting follow-up research on the benefits and rewards associated with extension programs.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox strongly encourages talented students to consider a rewarding career in research and innovation.

"WA has a skills shortage in science, mathematics and engineering and we need more researchers in this field to address the major environmental, health and social problems facing the community."

The launch will take place in the Council Chamber at ECU Joondalup from 4.00pm on Monday, 12 May.

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