UWS to host scientists in the making


Date: 01/10/2002

Learning to track koalas in the Kentlyn State Forest by radio waves is among several scientific experiments that Year 9 students will trial when they converge on the University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown Campus, from 10 to 12 December for the annual Siemens Science Experience.

The three-day foray into the world of science will give students an opportunity to experience university academic life, says Dr Ragbir Bhathal, program director for Astronomy at UWS and chairman of the organising committee.

"The Science Experience is a tremendous opportunity for students to get first hand experience of what it is like to study at the University. The University's top scientists and engineers will conduct a series of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on laboratory sessions and field trips. The students will be treated as if they were university students."

A number of the talks will cover new and emerging fields of science and engineering, such as nanotechnology, space communications, genetic engineering, photonics, robotics and astrobiology.

"These new high technology areas will be of great benefit to the economy of the western suburbs and generate jobs," says Dr Bathal.

Students will be welcomed to the Science Experience by the Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Environment at UWS, Professor Michael Wilson, an international authority on nanotechnology.

Siemens Science Foundation and Rotary Clubs sponsor the Science Experience, which attracts secondary students from all over New South W ales.

While the target audience is Year 9 students, enthusiastic Year 8 students will also be accepted on the recommendation of their science teachers.

Students will find the activities in the Science Experience not only exciting but also full of information; especially on the types of jobs they can look forward to in the 21st century. They will also be able to make new friends and discuss their areas of scientific interest with the academics and technical staff of UWS.

A highlight will be a view of the magnificent night sky (weather permitting) with their families through the University's Rotary Campbelltown Observatory and telescopes provided by the members of the local astronomical society.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from science teachers in schools or directly from Dr Ragbir Bhathal on 02 4736 0834. Applications close on 30 October 2002.

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For more media information:
Asha Chand
Senior Media Officer
Phone: 02 9678 7473
Email: a.chand@uws.edu.au

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