2011 Compass Showcase - a resounding success

1 December 2011

The sun was shining, the carillon bells were ringing, and a group of people in yellow T-shirts were being chased by an eight metre tall monster. Yes, that's right, an 8m tall monster…or to be more accurate, an 8m x 1m x 1m vibrantly coloured paper mache sculpture that had begun the day as a wire frame but which accumulated its colourful skin through the help of many a Compass Showcase attendee and Sydney College of the Arts students.

This was not the only unusual, surprising or entertaining activity faculties from the University of Sydney put on for the day. There was an opportunity for kids to take on their parents in the spaghetti and marshmallow challenge with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, to "become a dentist for a day" with the Faculty of Dentistry, to experience a simulated courtroom with Sydney Law School, and to check out race cars designed and built by mechatronics students at the Faculty of Engineering and IT.

The arts and humanities weren't ignored either. Not only was there the chance to collaborate on the huge sculpture! The Main Quadrangle hosted a plethora of activities, such as circus school taught by the Recreational and Circus Arts Society, becoming part of a percussion group in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's"The Joy of Music", as well as the chance to watch the creation and progress of a glass Christmas tree in a glass blowing demonstration. Sydney Museums also opened their doors for the day, allowing Showcase attendees to explore the exhibitions in the University Art Gallery, the Nicholson Museum and the Macleay Museum.

Over 500 parents, school and university students and staff left this wonderful event with a smile on their face. However, its success wouldn't have been possible without the enthusiasm of the faculties, the on going support of the University of Sydney (, and of course, the amazing work of our events manager, Simone Ross. Please peruse the pictures in the 2011 Compass Showcase Gallery.