Giant Science: a big day out for year 6

3 April 2014

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It was a big day out for 551 primary school students and 29 teachers from 12 schools who came to the University for GIANT SCIENCE this week. The schools were split into two groups and attended on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Using skills of prediction, observation and explanation students moved between a variety of hands-on activities in Chemistry, Biology, Geoscience, Agriculture, Marine Science, Physics and Veterinary Science that involved DNA, forensics, bones, invertebrates, mummies, ice-cream, rocks, maths puzzles, and more!

While gaining a greater understanding of the different types of science, the visits also provided students with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the university campus as they moved between museums, various laboratories and lecture theatres.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Tom Gordon injected the days with exciting demonstrations of scientific phenomena.

At days end, accompanying teachers commented, "Students loved the hands-on experiments. It really engaged them and got them interested in science and University," and, "Being in lecture theatres, labs and seeing different parts of the university has been a great experience for the students. They realise it is possible to further their education and see it as a really fun and positive environment."

Compass would like to thank the Faculty of Science Marketing and Communications team; staff, volunteers and communicators from the Schools of Chemistry, Agriculture, Physics, Geoscience, Biological Science and Faculty of Veterinary Science; presenters from the Nicholson and Macleay Museums, Young Scientists Australia and Institute of Marine Science and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Year 6 students at Giant Science