High school girls from across NSW will learn forensic secrets used to solve crimes and make a car powered by a hydrogen cell at the Girls Choices Summer School.
The world of maths and science will be explored by 180 Year 9 students at the summer school hosted by the University of Newcastle this week.
The students, from as far away as Norfolk Island and Lightning Ridge, will join girls from the Mid-North Coast, Central Coast and the Hunter, at the annual event, which highlights professional opportunities for females in traditionally male-dominated fields.
Professor Kevin McConkey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Global Relations), said the Girls’ Choices Summer School was an interactive program aimed at giving girls confidence in their maths and science skills.
“By taking part in fun, hands-on science, maths and engineering activities the students will be opened up to the world of scientific thinking through creative problem solving,” Professor McConkey said.
“We aim to help young girls realise the pathways to exciting and interesting careers in innovative technical professions.”
The University has joined with local organisations to provide interactive industry visits for the students. Giving them a first-hand experience of work environments such as Port Waratah Coal Services and the RTA.
Photo opportunities are available throughout the week including:
• 7 and 8 December 2010, from 9am to 10:45am:
o Students will learn about forensic techniques like DNA fingerprinting.
o Students will make a car charged by a hydrogen power cell.
• 7 and 8 December 2010, from 11am to 11.45am:
o Students will be treated to a laser show and experience high-voltage electric fields as part of a physics display.
For further information, to arrange photos and interviews please contact: Leonie Brann, University of Newcastle Media and Public Relations Officer, 02 4921 6856 or 0448 898 813.