Nearly 300 budding young scientists and engineers from across the country descended on the UWA campus for two explosive events designed to engage students in a broad range of sciences.
More than 140 up-and-coming scientists and engineers in Years 10 and 11 spent three days immersed in science as part of the annual Science Experience. Held in January, the popular program allowed students to see hands-on side of science, find out what it's like to be a university student, meet distinguished scientists and engineers, and explore the wide range of science based careers available to science and engineering graduates.
Students took part in numerous activities ranging from solving a crime, to finding out how they can save our rivers and lakes, and testing their fitness. They also participated in a treasure hunt, searching high and low across the campus for some of UWA's 100 treasures.
Described by participants as "inspirational", "fascinating and fun", and "an amazing way to learn science", this is one event not to be missed next year.
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), a 2-week program for students in Year 12 who are thinking about a career in science, engineering or technology, was also held at the beginning of this year. The Forum exposed students to the different career options in the sciences, and also the different science degrees offered at each the universities.
Attendees at UWA repeated some of the best physics experiments from the past 210 years, extracted DNA from a plant, found out if they have what it takes to be a surgeon, and explored how the brain works.
If you know a Year 11 student interested in attending the 2013 event please go to the NYSF information page for further details. Applications will open in March.