Friday, 29 August 2008
On Monday, 25 August twenty Year 10 students from four local high schools visited Edith Cowan University's (ECU) School of Natural Sciences to extend their knowledge of chemistry. The students are part of ECU's Academic Extension program, which offers gifted year 10's the opportunity to study extension units in mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry in a tertiary learning environment.
Working with ECU chemistry lecturer, Dr Magda Wajrak, students went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the instrumental laboratories before taking part in an experiment, and observing the corrosion process first hand. Dr Wajrak said it was great to work with high school students who are excited about science. "The students had a lot of fun working on their experiments and it's great to see some of our future scientists and researchers in action," she said.
The program is the result of a new partnership between ECU and the WA Catholic Education Office and involves students from Sacred Heart, Prendiville, Mater Dei and Irene McCormack Catholic Colleges. ECU's Dr Christine Ormond, mathematics education lecturer and 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 researchers," she said. "Gifted young students need the opportunity to work with other high achievers to ensure that they are academically challenged to aspire to excellence."
ECU's School of Education plans to conduct follow-up research on the benefits and rewards associated with extension programs. For more information about a career in chemistry and other sciences at ECU, visit www.reachyourpotential.com.au.
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