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The question is .... who are scientists?

Event held for Year 8 high schools - Batemans Bay, Moruya and Ulladulla High Schools.

KCC manager welcoming the schools and teachers
Scientists with some students

Even though the wind blew strongly and the wild stormy weather continued, the Kioloa Coastal Campus held a day of explorative science for 178 year 8 students.

Nine Scientists from the ANU volunteered their valuable time to inspire the students' interest in science. This was achieved initially by each scientist talking about their motivation to study and work in their various science disciplines. After this introduction students broke into groups and had the opportunity to attend three different sessions with diverse scientific subject matter.

Students were fascinated to discover the scientific disciplines on offer as well as the wide range of career pathways which can stem from a background in science. The scientists' passion for their field and infections enthusiasm ensured student interest was maintained throughout the day.

Dave Rowell explaining the fun of genetics in the spider world and other 8 legged creatures
Prof Hans Bachor loves to play with lasers and water
Students take a close up look at spiders

Lunch was catered for by Hand Cut Food chefs, Kelly and Clayton. They were able to assist ably assisted by some Year 10 hospitality students from Ulladulla High School who made 200 science themed cupcakes for dessert.

Science themed cupcakes made by UHS hospitality students
ANU UHS hospitality students hard at work preparing lunch for 200 with Kelly Robertson from Hand Cut Food catering

Tallwood Catering kindly volunteered their time and donated all the meat for the BBQ. A nourishing lunch with lots of salad and delicious chicken, meatballs and sausages was enjoyed by all. Our Kioloa Coastal Campus staff all worked hard in preparation for and throughout the day, ensuring its success.

The day finished with a forum providing students with the opportunity to ask any remaining questions.

Upon questioning students were surprised to find that not all scientists had been straight A students at school an encouraging revelation for students of all abilities.

Even along with the mud puddles, rain, wind and very little sunshine, the day was a resounding success.

Kioloa Coastal Campus management would like to thank Dr Nerilee Flint from Student Equity, Division of Student Services, ANU for her dedication in enthusing potential future scientists through her coordination of the 2nd Annual "Who Are Scientists?" day. We would also like to thank the fabulous scientists who attended:

  • Dr Niraj (Nij) Lai
  • Dr Nerilie Abram
  • Dr Naomi Mathers
  • Kelly Strzepek (Phd Candidate)
  • Dr Juliey Beckman
  • Dr John Rogers
  • Professor Hann Bachor
  • Associate Professor Dave Rowell
  • Christopher Carter (PhD Candidate)

Thank you also to Hand Cut Food , Ulladulla High School Year 10 hospitality students as well as all the school teachers and Kioloa Coastal Campus staff for their hard work towards the success of the day.

Updated:  14 May 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, Facilities & Services/Page Contact:  Systems & Information Technology