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Inspiring the next generation of future science

Thursday, 13 September 2018

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Over 8,000 excited children and their parents, attended the weekend festival, where they had the opportunity to meet scientists, hear about life as a scientist and experience an array of engaging hands-on science.

In a collaborative effort, ECU was well represented across their many science disciplines, with a variety of interactive activities.

From the School of Science, Nardia Bordas and her willing crowd of young chemists, measured the pH of everyday chemicals using red cabbage indicator, and then took home their very own rainbow acidic or alkaline test tube.  ECU cyber security and programming students gave a master class in password protection and explored the world of Virtual Reality, always a winner with the kids.

The School of Engineering, in partnership with Firetech, invited students to experience and fly one of the latest state of the art drones.  ECU Engineering Students accepted and won the ‘Canstruction Challenge’, organised by Engineers Australia, which involved designing and creating an iconic Black Swan from everyday household tins.  All items of food associated with this challenge was then donated to the WA foodbank.

Our special guest for the weekend, and representing the School of Medical and Health Sciences, West Coast Eagles star, Nic Naitanui (well a life size cut-out).  PhD researcher, Georgios Mavropalias, challenged visitors to a vertical jump test, measuring the distance jumped between their static reach and a vertical jump.  Top jumper of the day managed 62cm.  Not bad but will need to beat 78cm to surpass Nic Naitanui’s record.  ECU nurses were also on hand to offer health checks.

The weekend was a great opportunity for young students, and the young at heart, to explore the fascinating world of science and opportunities of future study and careers.

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

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