While most Tassie students will be enjoying time away from studies during the school holidays a bunch from across Tasmania will be exploring careers in science, engineering and technology this week.
The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum (TYSF), hosted by the University of Tasmania, will see twenty Year 11 and 12 representatives from across the State spend three days of their holiday break in Hobart, experiencing real-life research projects and visiting leading research institutes and laboratories.
Taking place from Tuesday, 17 April, to Thursday, 19 April, forum highlights include a variety of science workshops from Antarctic studies to zoology.
Students will dissect worms, extract weird and wonderful chemicals from plants and see a racecar built from scratch by engineering students.
The program finishes with impressive science demonstrations in a grand finale by Jeremy Just, the popular science communicator.
Students will be meeting and working with University researchers and scientists including Dr Joanna Jones (Agriculture); Dr Sarah Ugalde (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies), and Associate Professor Greg Jordan (Plant Science).
Visiting presenters Andrew Hughes (Bookend Trust) and Katherine Tattersall (CSIRO) will discuss their careers and working in professions they love.
Participants will also engage with current University students to learn more about future careers and study options.
TYSF coordinator Dr Adele Wilson said the annual forum provided an invaluable and memorable experience to all students involved.
“The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum provides first-hand information about careers in science, engineering and technology, and encourages students to continue their studies in these areas,” Dr Wilson said.
“It’s fantastic to have these keen students attending a forum where they can see some of the important scientific research happening right here in Tasmania.”
Professor Brian Yates, Executive Dean of the University’s College of Sciences and Engineering, said the visiting students would be warmly welcomed.
“We are looking forward to hosting these students on our Hobart campuses and we hope they enjoy the fun and adventure of science,” Professor Yates said.
The 2018 Tasmanian Youth Science Forum is hosted by the University’s College of Sciences and Engineering.