Monday, 25 January 2010
High school students from as far away as Geraldton have spent three days at Edith Cowan University's (ECU) Joondalup Campus recently to take part in the ECU Joondalup Science Experience.
The Science Experience is held at the start of each year to give high school students entering Year 10 a taste of real university science.
Science Experience Director, Ms Nardia Bordas, said this year's activities included chemistry experiments, electronics, mini-lectures, motor mechanics, DNA testing and environmental monitoring.
"A lot of the activities are very similar to what we teach our first-year university students, so the students get a very authentic experience," she said.
"The Experience is designed to give high school students a taste of science outside the classroom, and encourage them to consider upper school science subjects."
Laura Pember, aged 14, from St Stephen's School in Carramar, had a great time making fossils and testing DNA samples.
"The Science Experience has been great. I have not only managed to gain an insight into what science can be like at university, but have also made new friends and had lots of fun."
Each group of high school students is assigned to an ECU science student to help them get the most out of the program.
The Science Experience runs at a number of universities around Australia each year thanks to support from Rotary International.
For more information about science courses offered at ECU, visit www.reachyourpotential.com.au
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