More than 270 high school students from across NSW will gain a unique hands-on understanding of a career in science or maths when the University hosts two summer school sessions over the coming weeks.
Open to Year Nine students, summer schools tailored to both girls and boys offer the unique opportunity for young minds to immerse themselves in the world of maths and science for five days.
The schools are aimed at showing students from low socio-economic backgrounds, remote regional areas, non-English speaking backgrounds and those with a disability, the practical applications of science and the pathways to study.
The Girls Choices Summer School has been running for five years and its success highlighted the need for a similar boys program.
LIVE IT! was established last year to identify the wide range of study and career options that exist for male Higher School Certificate graduates.
University of Newcastle Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Global Relations), Professor Kevin McConkey, said the summer schools were designed to put young students on the path to further study.
“The programs are designed to help students link their school studies to future careers,” he said.
“Students will experience university life while staying on campus and undertaking practical activities including forensic DNA testing, robotics and field trips where they can see their possible future careers in action.”
Almost 1,000 NSW high school girls have been introduced to the wonders of science and maths since the girls program’s inception.
Adding some star quality to the program will be guest speakers, Newcastle Knights rugby league coach Wayne Bennett and ABC television and radio science guru Bernie Hobbs.
Girls’ Choices Summer School: 4-8 December, activities run Monday to Wednesday, Bernie Hobbs appears Thursday at Callaghan campus.
Boys’ Choices Summer School: 11-15 December, activities Monday to Wednesday, Wayne Bennett appears Thursday at Callaghan campus.
For more information contact: Tess Campbell, Media and Public Relations Officer, 4921 8714.