Future scientists wanted
Thursday, 08 December 2011
Edith Cowan University (ECU) is throwing open the doors to its labs next January to give Year 9 and 10 students a taste of the exciting opportunities on offer in science.
The Science Experience will be held at ECU’s Joondalup Campus from 17 to 19 January 2012. The event is for high school students who have an interest in all things science but may be unclear on which path to take. The idea is to show how science works beyond the classroom.
Science Experience Event Coordinator Nardia Bordas wants to reignite the passion students have for science, showing young people that science is not just standing around in white coats staring into a microscope.
“A career in science might lead to being outdoors up to your knees in river water, capturing and releasing live snakes, or using enormous and expensive machines to help solve crimes, or growing tiny endangered plants in special soil-free pots,” said Ms Bordas.
“I want to bust a few myths too, because TV and movies can be very misleading about science and the people who do it.”
“I want students to experience lots of different aspects of science and technology, gaining practical experiences to hopefully direct them into a science career,” Ms Bordas said.
Students participating in The Science Experience will wade into the Campus Lake to sample the water and investigate the critters they have caught.
They will perform hands-on forensic chemistry experiments, conducted in the state-of-the-art labs, including chemical line ups and coloured flame tests.
ECU’s new engineering workshop will provide the setting for investigation and construction of real-life water pipelines. The same pipelines that Engineers without Borders aid workers recently built in Bali.
Other areas up for exploration over the two-day event include:
- environmental science,
- sport science,
- human biology,
- nutrition; and
Enrolments close on 31 December 2011. For more information and to enrol, visit The Science Experience
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