Media Release

29/08/2013
Students soak up science
Students who are keen on science and engineering have gathered at JCU this week, as part of The Science Experience, an educational event for high school students.

First published 27 September 2012

Students who are keen on science and engineering have gathered at James Cook University this week, as part of The Science Experience, an educational event for high school students.

The three-day event, which concludes tomorrow (Friday), is designed for year nine and ten students, and involves hands-on science and engineering activities which are conducted under the guidance of scientists and engineers.

The annual event, which is held in many different laboratories and lecture theatres across Australia, is sponsored by more than 35 universities and tertiary institutions.

JCU organiser Vivian Doherty said 40 students, from various high schools around Townsville, were taking part.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students who have an interest in science to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work,” she said.

Participants perform experiments in the laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers in the lecture theatres, attend site visits and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university or tertiary institution.

Ms Doherty said the program also provided information about further studies in science, technology and engineering.

“It highlights the wide range of careers that allow students to pursue their interest and abilities in the sciences,” she said.

“Participants also love the opportunity to meet and share ideas with students from different schools.”

For more information, contact Vivian Doherty in JCU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering on 4781 6807 or 0407 288 592.

The program of events for tomorrow (Friday) is below.

Friday 28 September 2012

8.45am

Reflections & Expectations (Students meeting at Physics - building 17)

Science Mentors: Sally Powell, Jazmin Kesteven/ Elizabeth Edwards

9.00am – 10.15am

Kate Hudson - Aquaculture Lecturer, JCU

Member of the: Australian Society for Parasitology

Keynote Speaker – “The Good, the bad & the ugly”

Physics - building 17

10.15am – 10.45am

Morning tea

Earth & Environmental Sciences Courtyard

Proudly Sponsored by JCU

11.00am – 12.15pm

Aspiration Activities- Student Ambassadors

Library Learning Centres

12.30pm – 1.45pm

Student Farewell Lunch

Earth & Environmental Sciences Courtyard

Program Wrap-up and Group Photos

Earth & Environmental Sciences Courtyard

1.45pm – 2.30pm

Official Closing Ceremony

Presentation of student awards and slide show

Physics (building 17)

JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175