This year, for the first time, the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics will be taking part in UWA's Aspire programme ‘Race Around Campus', where year 9 high school students from various schools in the Perth Metropolitan area complete a series of interactive activities around UWA. The Race Around Campus this year is being held from the 3rd to the 5th of April.
"We're very excited to be part of Race Around Campus for the first time" said Emma Smith, Manager of the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, "We've had fun developing and testing the activities, and we're looking forward to introducing the students to environmental economics. Young people are often interested in working in environmental conservation, but wouldn't necessarily realise that one path is through applied economics."
The activity being run by the School in this year's Race Around Campus will involve students being asked to make a case for a particular conservation policy decision, culminating in a group vote at the end of the scenario. Environmental economists use economic principles to inform policy makers and environmental managers on the efficient allocation of resources and prioritisation of conservation projects, and so the activity will give some insight into this process.
Aspire UWA runs many events throughout the year with partner schools which are located throughout the Perth Metropolitan area and the Gascoyne, Kimberley, Mid-West and Pilbara regions of Western Australia's North West. The aim of Aspire is to encourage students who would not normally consider university as an option to see the benefits and opportunities that university study offers. The program commences with Year 8 students and supports them through to a successful transition to university. For more information see the Aspire website: https://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/aspire
Emma Smith (School of Agricultural and Resource Economics) (+61 8) 6488 3665