HIGH school students from northern NSW converged on Armidale last week to be part of the University of New England’s annual ‘Science Experience’.
The nationwide program is designed to give Year 10 and Year 11 students, who already have a keen interest in science, an opportunity to engage in a wider range of science-based activities under the guidance of enthusiastic professionals.
Students conducted experiments in chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology and musical acoustics and were entertained with presentations by UNE scientists, including some on forensic science.
Coffs Harbour High School students Maddison Lusty and Hannah Marshall were curious to find out more about forensic science.
“That’s why I came – I’m interested in a career in forensic science,” Maddison said.
Microbiologist Dr Linda Agnew said she hoped the week’s activities would inspire more students to continue studying science once they left school.
“Students are exposed to equipment and techniques that aren’t generally available in schools,” Dr Agnew said.
“It’s a much broader educational experience that really engages students.”