Nearly 300 budding young scientists and engineers from across the country descended on the UWA campus last month 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 experience science hands-on, 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 including solving a crime, 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 you don't want to miss 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 and majors offered at each of 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 are a Year 11 student interested in attending the NYSF 2013 event please go to the NYSF information page. Registrations will open in March 2012.
To learn about other Science events and activities, visit the Faculties of Science Community page.
For further information please contact:
Dr Joanne Castelli (Senior Administrative Officer/Director, The UWA Science Experience, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 8744
Ms Jenni Wallis (Marketing Manager, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 3263