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High School students experience STEM

Friday, 07 September 2018

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As part of our national science week engagement activities, the School of Science welcomed to its Joondalup campus, 45 enthused Year 11 and 12 physics and math students from Ballajura Senior High School.

This annual trip is part of a school excursion where the students experience a ‘taste’ of university science, visit the Gin Gin observatory and enjoy a nice break from their ATAR studies.  The students participated in some hands-on activities including the Robotics and physics labs.  The students also took part in a forensic math activity, utilising mathematics techniques to analyse a blood spatter, and identifying where the crime took place. They also now have their answer to “When are we ever going to use maths?”

Student and accompanying teachers enjoyed the experience, with feedback such as:

“Science, Robotics and Mathematics.  Sounds like a fun day out and it was.  Great hands on activities, pitched at the right level and informative too. Would highly recommend this to any school looking at piquing the interest of their better students in STEM related field.  Will definitely be in touch for next year.” Head of Mathematics

Year 11 and 12 student feedback:

“I was exposed to new branches of science that I could not possibly think of.”

“It was interactive and hands on real world application of what we could do.”

“The forensic science activity was amazingly interesting.  The instructor was very passionate and knowledgeable.”

“Entertaining and helpful.”

For enquiries about science engagement at ECU, please contact: Michelle Austin, Science Engagement Coordinator, sscitevents@ecu.edu.au.

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