Science in the Bush hits Narrabri!

8 November 2011

Faculty staff have just returned to the University after a hugely successful trip to Narrabri for Science in the Bush.

Hosted for the first time in Narrabri, Science in the Bush is a fun and interactive expo which brings exciting exhibits and hands on workshops to rural students to foster their interests in further study in the sciences.

It is a part of the Science in the City project, a program partnership between the University of Sydney and the Australian Museum, which celebrates the contributions science makes to society. An outreach program specifically designed to encourage engagement with science, it provides students with a unique opportunity to talk to Scientists, get involved in experiments and learn all about the huge variety of career opportunities in science, engineering, technology and innovation.

Since 2002, Science in the Bush has brought quality science education activities to students and teachers in regional and rural NSW. Each program is specifically tailored to include presenters from local scientific organisations, universities and community groups.

Science in the Bush offers programs for Primary Schools and High Schools, from hands-on workshops to whiz-bang shows, with something for every student. The program accommodates different types of learners to extend classroom messages and can act to engage students in science careers.

The Agriculture workshops were filled to capacity and offered students the opportunity to extract DNA from strawberries, capture carbon dioxide, learn the inner workings of a plant and produce a pH indicator! In the exhibition hall, students learnt about the University's research in plant breeding, plant physiology and biodiesel production. Over the two days of the event, 921 students from Narrabri's surrounding primary and high schools filtered past our exhibitions, of which many expressed interest in a future career in Agriculture. This event also garnered considerable community support, and helped to raise awareness of our research at the University's Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute.

Contact: Jeremy Platt

Phone: 02 8627 1093

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