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LabRats brings school students to ECU

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

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From Chemistry to Sports Science, and Speech Pathology to Robotics, local high school students were exposed to multiple degree & career pathways available to them at ECU.

Each day saw six groups of students from multiple schools arrive at ECU’s gym for an introduction and to meet their Student Ambassadors for the day – these Ambassadors were the groups’ guides and university encyclopaedia. This was followed by two different Lab activities, each lasting an hour. Then came the highlight of many student’s days – free pizza. After lunch came the final Lab of the day, followed by a presentation from Student Recruitment about ECU’s degrees and entry pathways.

Over the three days, there were more than 15 different Labs available; however each group could only fit three into their day.

Student feedback was very positive, “I enjoyed the Delicious Seaweed because it was fun and interesting”, “My favourite part of the day was biomechanics, it was fun and interesting especially the devices”, “I liked learning to code, because completing the task is very thrilling” and “Splinting was a good experience and so was speech pathology. I may think of doing these careers”.

Three ECU Schools were involved in running the Labs; School of Science (who also organised the event this year), School of Medical & Health Sciences, and School of Engineering. Many of the activities were run by ECU’s postgraduate students, and provided valuable insight for the high schoolers about career options during and after university.

LabRats is an annual event run by ECU, with the aim of inspiring students to study sciences at university.

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