Sixty Year 10 students from six Pilbara secondary schools will find out next week if tertiary study is an option for them when they attend a camp at The University of Western Australia.
Over the three-day camp organised by the Aspire UWA team, students will have the chance to take part in activities across a number of faculties. The program encourages students who would not normally consider university as an option to see the benefits and opportunities of a tertiary education.
By the end of similar camp held in 2009 for Year 9s, almost 90 per cent of the students said they wanted to go to university. The current transfer rate of Pilbara students to university is 12 per cent.
From Hedland Senior High School, Karratha SHS, Newman SHS, Roebourne District High School, St Luke's Catholic College and Tom Price SHS, the students will participate in a study skills session, improve their financial literacy levels, visit UWA's Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, and explore astronomical concepts.
They will choose a three-hour workshop investigating a particular subject of interest such as arts; architecture, landscape and visual arts; engineering; and science. They will also experience some of Perth's attractions with a trip to Perth Zoo, ten-pin bowling, a shopping excursion and a private visit to the Horizon Planetarium and Scitech.
The Aspire UWA program is funded through a Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations grant and in-kind support from the University.
The camp starts with a lunch at UWA's Currie Hall residential college at 12 noon on Monday, 19 July.