School students get into science

La Trobe University has partnered with Bendigo-based schools and community organisations to provide a program tackling a steady decline in the number of year 12 students studying science.

Primary and secondary school-aged children will take part in the La Trobe University Science Outreach program at the Bendigo Campus.

"La Trobe University is working with schools and community groups to stimulate and nurture a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Cherie Fist, Science Outreach Liaison Officer.

"We're opening our doors to school children. They get access to our world class facilities and learn first-hand from La Trobe's staff and post-graduate students about the opportunities that careers in science offer."

Mrs Fist said that more than 20 Eaglehawk Secondary College students would spend time at the Bendigo Campus undertaking workshops in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including forensic science, nanotechnology and chemistry. They will also make their very own laser zappers for games of Laser Tag.

Meanwhile, the Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network, in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo's Economic Development Unit, has organised for 60 students from Eaglehawk and Lightning Ridge Primary Schools to also visit campus.

The field trip, which is part of the Passions and Pathways project, will see primary school students undertake a range of science-based workshops including: discovering the amazing shrinking properties of plastics, viewing life through the microscope and testing chemical reactions.

Media Enquiries: Tom O'Callaghan, T 03 5444 7415, t.ocallaghan@latrobe.edu.au

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