Sydney Science Experience

Have you ever found yourself questioning the science behind CSI and NCIS? Are you interested in the psychology involved in Criminal Minds? Are you fascinated by Sci Show, Veritasium and Vsauce on YouTube? If you're a natural problem solver and enjoy exploring a case from every angle, the Sydney Science Experience is the only place you need to be in January.

Come and give us your best Sherlock impression as you help solve a murder mystery on campus. You will employ real science – through hands-on laboratory sessions and interactive lectures to solve this crime. You will work with your fellow detectives to interview suspects and collect evidence against them.

Science Experience events are held across Australia in association with participating universities and tertiary institutions, rotary clubs and with the support of the Young Scientists of Australia as well as the Australian Science Teachers Association and is administered by the Science Schools Foundation.

Eligibility: for students about to start year 10 or 11

2018 Dates: 10 - 12 January

Registrations for 2018 are now closed.

Contact
Science Alliance
T (02) 9114 0825
E


Check out what our visiting students got up to at the 2013 Sydney Science Experience:


What happens at the Sydney Science Experience?

Students travel to our campus from across the state to become a CSI for three days.

We are of course delighted to have so many students attend from rural and regional areas.

On day one, all the CSI's are given a crime scene briefing which provides a summary of the scene and some background information on the suspects. They spend the next three days learning from professionals in the field (for example, a lecture from a Detective Sergeant from the Forensic Services Group, NSW Police) as well as utilising workshop sessions to test evidence and determine which suspect to take to trial.

The final day wraps up with a trial run by the CSI's and closes with a special lecture and presentation of certificates.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do I get to the University of Sydney?
     
  2. Where can I find a map of the University of Sydney campus?
     
  3. What time do I arrive and leave each day?
     
  4. Where do I get dropped off and picked up from each day?
     
  5. What if I am catching the train?
     
  6. What bus can I catch from the City to the University of Sydney?
     
  7. Can my parents park on campus?
     
  8. What if I arrive late to the workshop?
     
  9. What if I need to leave early?
     
  10. Can I leave the grounds during lunch breaks?
     
  11. What should I wear?
     
  12. What should I bring?
     
  13. Lunch
     
  14. What do I do if I get lost on campus?

1. How do I get to the University of Sydney?

You can log onto the University of Sydney's website to find relevant directions

2. Where can I find a map of the University of Sydney campus?

Have a look at the map which was sent to you with your confirmation letter, or visit the Univeristy of Sydney's Building and Campus Directory.

3. What time do I arrive and leave each day?

Each morning please register at the Sydney Science Outreach Centre on Level 1, Carslaw Building, the University of Sydney.

What time should I arrive each day?:

Wednesday 11 January Meet at 8:30 am
Thursday 12 January Meet at 8:30 am
Friday 13 January Meet at 8:30 am

What time can I leave each day?

Wednesday 11 January 4:00 pm
Thursday 12 January 4:00 pm
Friday 13 January 4:00 pm

4. Where do I get dropped off and picked up from each day?

Each morning, please register at the Sydney Science Outreach Centre on Level 1, Carslaw Building, the University of Sydney.

Each afternoon, the roll will be taken on Level 2, Carslaw Building, next to the Eastern Ave Complex (located on Eastern Ave). Students should arrange to meet their parents here at the end of each day.

If you are using public transport there are major bus stops on City Road close to Eastern Ave. If you are travelling by bus from the City there is a bus stop virtually at the front door to the University.

5. What if I am catching the train?

The closest train station to the University of Sydney is Redfern Station. If you are catching the train to this station it is a good idea to contact Charlotte by Monday 9 January 2017 on (02) 9114 0825 or so she knows to expect you each morning from this station.

You should exit Lawson Street and travel along Lawson Street until you come to the lights. Turn left at the lights onto Abercrombie Street, then right onto Codrington St, continue straight onto Butlin Avenue. Continue on until you come to City Road, cross City Road and enter the City Road gates to the University of Sydney.

If you are catching a train to Central, it is about a 15-minute walk from Central Station along Broadway to the University of Sydney. You can alternatively catch a bus from Central to the City Road gates.

6. What bus can I catch from the City to the University of Sydney?

Buses to City Road from the City (Loftus Street): 422, 423 (Circular Quay) 426, 428

Buses to Parramatta Road from the City (Town Hall): 412, 413, 461, 480, 483 (Circular Quay) 436, 437, 438, 440

These are just a few of the bus services available.

You can also look at the Sydney Buses website for timetable information.

The Transport NSW information website can also help you plan your trip.

7. Can my parents park on campus?

It is advisable that parents do not park on campus as it can be costly and parking is very limited. If they do park they will need to purchase a parking ticket from the vending machine and display it in their car. Eastern Avenue is now a pedestrian walkway. The closest parking area is adjacent to City Rd near the Madsen Building.

8. What if I arrive late to the workshop?

Don't stress, we understand that Sydney traffic can be unpredictable so if you think you are going to be late call Charlotte on (02) 9114 0825 or 0421 363 219, otherwise once you arrive at the University of Sydney, wait at the designated, signed area and someone will come and get you and take you to the relevant room.

9. What if I need to leave early?

A roll is taken each day as we need to know your whereabouts whilst you are in our duty of care. It is important for us to know where you are and that you are safe at all times. If you need to leave early come and speak to Charlotte on the morning you need to leave.

10. Can I leave the grounds during lunch breaks?

Students are not permitted to leave the University of Sydney grounds during lunch times.

11. What should I wear?

Since some of your time will be spent in laboratories, it is important that you wear suitable clothing – preferably cotton clothing and closed toed shoes at all times.

12. What should I bring?

  • Pen
  • Note pad
  • Water
  • Money (if taking public transport or to make a phone call)
  • Umbrella (just in case)
  • Hat
  • You may like to bring a camera
  • If you have a mobile phone, please ensure it is switched onto silent during the day
  • Sunscreen

13. Lunch

Students should bring lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. We will be supplying lunch on Friday. If you have made a note of any dietary requirements on your registration form we will try and cater to your needs.

14. What do I do if I get lost on campus?

If you find that you are lost on campus ask someone how to get back to the Eastern Ave Complex on Eastern Ave. There are maps around the campus on the information boards. You will be taken on a campus tour when you arrive so you will become somewhat familiar with the grounds. Also, there are always campus security staff patrolling the campus.