Science at UWS - catch a koala, get robotic and search for ET

Date: 13/12/2002

Over 90 budding young scientists delved into the world of science this week during the annual Siemens Science Experience at the University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown campus on December 10, 11 and 12.

The high school students' thirst for knowledge found reward in various science activities and talks from DNA fingerprinting and the physics of music to field trips for koala tracking.

Sponsored by the Siemens Science Foundation and Rotary, the event provides high school students with the chance to learn about leading edge science offered at UWS such as nanotechnology, genetic engineering, robot technology, photonics and astrobiology.

The Dean of Science, Technology and Environment at UWS, Professor Mick Wilson, welcomed the students.

"The Siemens Science Experience has provided a great opportunity for students to get first hand experience of university study," Professor Wilson said.

"Our top scientists and engineers conducted a series of demonstrations, hands-on laboratory sessions and field trips during this special 'high school conference'.

"Year 9 students from across New South Wales* discovered a mix of real-world science and the latest technology at their fingertips and they had the chance to experience the excitement of science in an informal environment."

Giving a talk on nanotechnology as part of the Science Experience, Professor Wilson said new, emerging fields of science mean "anything is possible".

"Nanotechnology is transforming industry throughout the world and it will do the same in Australia," he said.

"There are so many applications for nanotechnology that in future we will be able to build materials which are capable of self repair.

"Nanotechnology will also create new ways of transferring electricity and it will mark the end of manufacturing as we know it.

"There will be many employment opportunities created by new emerging sciences and scientists will be in high demand from the many scientific developments and applications which are already making an impact in our lives."

*High school students involved are from:

All Saints Grammar School
Ambarvale High School
Auburn Girls High School
Bega Valley Christian School
Beverley Hills High School
Camden High School
Casino High School
Chevalier College
Christian Community High School
East Hills Girls High School
Elderslie High School
Holsworthy High School
Hurlstone Agricultural High School
John Therry Catholic School
Liverpool Girls High School
Macarthur Anglican High School
Mary Mackillop College
Moorebank High School
Mount St Josephs
Murray High School
Narooma High School
Orange High School
Penrith High School
Picton High School
Punchbowl Boys High School
St Clare's College
St John's Park High School
St Patrick's college
St Paul's Catholic College
Sydney Distant School
Sydney Girls High School
Tumut High School


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