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Kickstart on the road 2014



9 July 2014


Kickstart on the road with Science communicator Tom Gordon (right) and Physics students from Dubbo
Kickstart on the road with Science communicator Tom Gordon (right) and Physics students from Dubbo

High school students in regional NSW had the chance to Kickstart their science studies when the outreach team from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science visit Armidale, Broken Hil land Dubbo in terms 2 and 3 this year. Students got to interact with hands-on activities in Kickstart on the Road workshops.

"It's very exciting taking Kickstart on the Road out of the labs in Sydney," said Tom Gordon, Science Communicator and Kickstart Physics coordinator in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

Dr Cecily Oakley, Science Communicator in the School of Biological Sciences, said, "Our program aims not only to aid in exam preparation for these students, but to excite, intrigue and inspire them about the natural world."

Kickstart in the flagship outreach program for the University of Sydney Faculty of science, the Kickstart workshops are interactive with educational sessions specifically designed around the HSC Science syllabus. The Kickstart program runs regularly in Sydney, with over 5 000 high school students participating in the workshops each year. In fact, for Kickstart physics alone, almost one quarter of the entire physic cohort for the HSC visited the flagship outreach program in 2013.

The Kickstart on the Road workshops introduce students to specialist experiments and concepts and is a wonderful opportunity to take our program out of the University labs and into high schools in regional areas.

Kiri Simon, Tom Gordon and ABC Western Plains Mornings presenter Dugald Saunders.
Kiri Simon, Tom Gordon and ABC Western Plains Mornings presenter Dugald Saunders.

"Not everyone can get to Sydney to see and experiments with equipment from a university lab - equipment that is used by university students and researchers," said Tom.

Kickstart activities and experiments are based on the HSC syllabus and Kickstart on the Road takes that a step further where we take the experiments into regional areas," said PhD student and Kickstart Tutor Fran van den Berg.

"If you want to do well in the HSC, this is the place to come," said Wagga Wagga student Patrick Byrnes. He continued, "It's great revision, the hands on approach and being able to talk to people that have done the HSC, they know what's up!"

"We are very excited to be able to bring the Kickstart program to visit students in regional NSW. We are bringing with us insects, superconductors, eyeballs, plasmas, brains and telescopes as well as some very talented and enthusiastic tutors." - Tom Gordon, Science communicator, School of Physics


"A benefit of the Kickstart on the Road Workshops is that it encourages students to consider that there's a lot more to science than what the HSC presents, that University open up a whole lot of doorways and experiences," said Kickstart tutor Liam Chalmers-Giddy.

In previous years, Kickstart on the Road has been to Armidale, Tamworth, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Broken Hill and Port Macquarie.


Contact: Tom Gordon

Phone: 02 93513201

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