The Science Experience is on again and the Hobart UTAS campus is buzzing with more than forty high school students from around the state.
Claire Rushton and Gem Van Hulst, both 16 and from Hobart College, are taking part in the program.
Claire said they were having fun in the UTAS Zoology lab, where as part of their class, they were drawing zoological specimens- a preserved octopus and a sea turtle in jars.
Some of the activities students will take part in include learning about Tasmania’s wildlife, exploring how the brain works, examining the micro-textures of rocks, using computers to create 3D games, applying forensic techniques, solving engineering challenges and visiting the UTAS Radio Telescope facility.
The program also provides information about further studies in science, engineering and technology and encourages students to continue their studies in these areas.
Now in its 22nd year, the Science Experience has influenced more than 58,000 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. In addition, some students are sponsored to attend by their local MP.
A similar event will be held at the Launceston UTAS campus on 31st January – 2nd February.