Wilkins Public School Fair Day
23 September 2010
The clouds threatened to cause havoc for the Wilkins Fair Day (19th September), however in the end the only havoc caused was by school children running around squealing with delight as they chased each other with sticky string, leaving the tarmac a technicolour playground. It was great to be part of the school community on the day and to meet so many families to talk about the broader purpose of the University's involvement in the community. The Compass program was invited to have a stall at the fair to run science activities and to talk to parents about the involvement of the program at the primary school; to highlight both the awareness and attainment projects that have marked our partnership over the last year. Four student ambassadors entertained children with UV beads, fake snow and water experiments. They did a great job communicating the fun side of science - and were given a run for their money when a fifth grade student articulated so clearly the science experiments that were most memorable to him at the Science in the City day, held at Sydney Museum. We were absolutely delighted to have school children come and talk to us about their experiences visiting the campus or attending events such as the Seymour Centre and Science Alliance activities. We met some of the students that will feature in the filming for the vox pops for the Compass Showcase and it was great to hear, directly from the students, what aspects of the program they have enjoyed and to share in their dreams for the future.