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LabRats for Schools

LabRats is an annual event which provides an opportunity for students and teachers to visit the ECU campus and enjoy a typical day as an ECU university science and math student.  Students will participate in several hands-on science workshops, hear from our current students and researchers about the amazing science that is being taught and researched at ECU, as well as some fun social activities to orientate them to and around the campus.

How it works
We want you to explore the many options open to you if you decide to study a science or mathematics discipline at university, so therefore we ask you to come with an open mind and sample a range of science workshops during your visit to our campus. During the workshops, you will meet our current students and researchers and hear about their first-hand experiences of what is it to be a student at ECU and their aspirations for a career in science.  A LabRats day could include:

  • 08.45-09.00   Registration
    09.00-09.45   Welcome and Amazing Campus Race
  • 10.00-11-00   Workshop 1 – Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
  • 11.15-12.15   Workshop 2 – Natural Science (Environmental Science / Biological Sciences / Marine & Freshwater Biology)
  • 12.15-13.10   Lunch
  • 13.15-14.15   Workshop 3 – Math and Data Science
    14.25-14.55   Pathways to University and Student Life presentation
  • 14.55-15.00   Prize giving and Farewell

When is it run?
For 2021, we will run 5 days during Term 2, Week 11, between 28 June – 2 July and is open to any student currently in high school Years 9 and 10.

How much does it cost?
LabRats is a free event.  We just ask you to bring along your own lunch and snacks, an open mind and willingness to give everyone a go.

How do I register?
We would like to offer as many students the chance to attend, so we ask that you choose one event and select one class (32 max).

To register your school and for any further questions, please contact Michelle Austin, Science Engagement Coordinator phone: (08) 6304 2083.

Are there a maximum number of young people ECU can accommodate for LabRats?
Most ECU Science activities can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 22 young people. For this reason, we recommend that attending school groups bring along a maximum of 32 students, who will be split into 2 groups.

Are there bus subsidies available? There is limited funding for bus support, so please contact Michelle Austin in the first instance,

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