Science, Big Bang style at UNE this week

Published 13 January 2014

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DNA, robots, strange gases and explosions… Sounds like the makings of the latest blockbuster movie, but that’s what is in store for enthusiastic high school science students at the three-day Conocophilips Science Experience being held at the University of New England this week.

UNE is throwing open its state-of-the-art research laboratories to promising High School Science students from across Australia, wanting to get a taste of what life in a science career is really like.

Participants will learn how to extract DNA, create controlled explosions, work with different reactive gases and even how to program robots, as they hear from the University of New England’s renowned researchers and lecturers and gain get an advanced understanding of science at the University level.

UNE’s Head of Science and Technology, Professor Aron Murphy said it’s all part of the Conocophilips Science Experience program, designed to give Year 9 and 10 High School Science students a better understanding of the promising career paths available in science.

“From forensic analysis, to experimental physics, televisions shows like CSI and The Big Bang are making scientists cooler,” Professor Murphy said.

“The concern is that students aren’t transitioning their abilities and interest in science at the high school level further, into University studies.

“Australia is facing a shortage of science graduates, even as the demand for trained scientific minds is quite literally set to explode in coming decades.

“This is a fantastic event, exposing talented science students from across NSW to the practical applications of what they’re been learning in the classroom, giving a greater understanding of the many and varied career paths in science  available in the real world.”

The three-day Conocophilips Science Experience is open to students entering years 10 and 11 in 2014 and runs from Tuesday 14th January to Thursday 16th January , 2014.