Keen young science students are giving their summer holidays up and heading for science laboratories at the University's Hobart campus this week.
55 Year 9 and 10 students from 26 different schools around Tasmania will conduct their own investigations and learn about the world of science and engineering as part of the annual Science Experience, which runs for three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.)
"The aim of the Science Experience program is to give students who have an interest in science an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of university researchers," UTAS program co-coordinator Jeannie-Marie LeRoi said.
Students will be learning about Tasmania's wildlife, examining the micro-textures of rocks under microscopes, using computers to create movie animations, solving engineering challenges and studying the stars at the UTAS radio telescope facility. These are just some of the examples of the many activities happening over the three days.
"The program also provides information about further studies in science, engineering and technology and encourages students to continue their studies in these areas," Ms LeRoi said.
Now in its 21st year, the Science Experience has influenced over 55,000 Australian high school students to enter higher education courses.
The program is supported by the Science Schools Foundation, the Australian Science Teachers Association, Rotary and universities around the country.
A similar event will be held at the Launceston UTAS campus on 1st – 3rd February.Photo: Sarah Wikely, 16, from Taroona High School and Brendan Holloway, 15, from MacKillop Catholic College, investigate some tadpoles in one of the UTAS Zoology labs.