Primary industries on show at student camp

Published 21 December 2011

picse_group_2012Students from as far as Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia joined students from schools in the New England North West region to attend the University of New England’s Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (UNE PICSE) Industry Placement Student Camp, December 12-16, 2011.

The 23 students interacted with leading and internationally recognised scientists to discover the current research and developments in primary industries and the exciting science based careers supporting primary industries. The students experienced interactive activities and guided tours of award-winning, innovative primary industries based businesses.

The week was an opportunity for the students to see the careers that are available within the agricultural science sector, which they would have never previously thought of as well as being able to talk to world class scientists about their current work.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain a first-hand experience into a broad range of worthwhile science based career opportunities,” said Susanna Greig, Science Education Officer and manager of the UNE PICSE program. “These students are enjoying a great experience and have grabbed onto the opportunity with both hands”

Patrick Grienewold, who has just completed Year 12, travelled all the way from Launceston in Tasmania to participate in the Science-to-Industry camp.

“I’ve learnt lots at the camp,” he said. “I’ve worked with sheep on the farm, and it was interesting, today, to find out what happens to the wool once it’s out of the shearing shed.

Briony Looker from Glen Innes will complete Year 12 in 2012. “I’ve been around animals all my life,” said Briony, who lives on a farm. “I’d like to study for a rural science degree at UNE and ultimately work in something like a beef research advisory position.”

PICSE is a national collaboration between – and is funded jointly by – the Commonwealth Government, universities, regional primary industries, national primary industry organisations, and businesses. This integrated strategy delivers science class activities, teachers’ professional development, teaching resources, student camps and student industry placement programs, building strong and sustainable relationships between school students, teachers, universities and local scientists or employers associated with primary industries, particularly in the production of food and fibre.

This UNE PICSE program is made possible with the support from the following partners:

School of Environmental Science, UNE, Walcha Dairy, Sheep CRC, Poultry CRC, Grasslands Society of NSW, UNE Marketing & Public Affairs, Animal Genetics & Breeding Unit, Veterinary Health Research Institute, Glendon Poultry, Tamworth Agricultural Institute, Viterra Malt, East West EnviroAg, Tomato exchange and Glen Innes Research Station.

Media contact: Susanna Greig, Science Education Officer on 0457 562 680.