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Campus News : March 2011
8 Campus News March 2011 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au The University of Wollongong in February launched In2Uni, a new program offering a taste of tertiary life to students from Illawarra and South East Region primary schools. Students from 25 primary schools will visit the UOW campus during Education Week (1-5 August) for a "Year Six Survivor Day". The students will be involved in taster sessions presented by different faculties, social activities and orienteering around the University campus and will also complete a unit of work in the classroom entitled "Year 6 Engagement in Higher Education". High school students will have access to an academic mentoring program where they will work collaboratively with UOW students on projects such as profiling their local heroes, developing a business and creating a television episode. A special Leadership and Transition workshop will be targeted at Year 11 students. Year 6 students to sample uni life Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Rob Castle said the University was enthusiastic about engaging with local schools and students. "Programs such as the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, the Illawarra Regional Science Fair, HSC Assistance Days and Discovery Days demonstrate our commitment to local schools." "In2Uni is our way of showing students what's possible and familiarising them with the options which are available to them," Professor Castle said. The In2Uni program is a partnership between DET NSW, Illawarra and South East Region and UOW. It was launched in separate events at UOW's Wollongong and Shoalhaven campuses in February. "I look forward to the increased linkages between students and parents and the University of Wollongong through the In2Uni program. The program will be run in national partnership and priority action school program schools in the region in 2011 and I also look forward to its continued growth into the future," Department of Education and Training Illawarra and South East Regional Director Maria Gray-Spence said. BG REACHING OUT TO SCHOOLS Discovering new horizons Asea of eager young faces swept through the University of Wollongong's main campus in February, when more than 5000 Year 12 students took part in the week-long Discovery Days program. Equipped with maps and class schedules, the students explored the University, sampling lectures and campus food. UOW's Discovery Days attracted prospective students from 140 schools in NSW and the ACT to experience university life first-hand. From February 7-11 the University showcased its facilities and classes in its largest annual student recruitment event. The program is designed to better prepare HSC leavers when they choose their university preferences later in the year. Seventeen-year-old Josh De Filippo from Keira High School said that he felt more confident about the process. "Now that we've done this we aren't surprised or shocked by the choices ahead of us. We are less overwhelmed by what's expected and what is out there," he said. Moorefield Girls High School Careers Adviser Kerri Stack reported a growth in student participation. "My school has seen student interest in Discovery Days increase over the years. University is beyond the scope of their normal experience and this is really exciting for them," Ms Stack said."We've got a very multicultural school and a lot of the students wouldn't contemplate the University of Wollongong, so it's good for them to experience this campus as a viable option. Many of our graduates have since gone on to study here," she said. MC University of Wollongong and DET representatives with regional school leaders at the launch of In2Uni at UOW in February. Budding scientists don their lab coats Budding young scientists from western NSW, Sydney, the South Coast and the Illawarra took a break from their school holidays in January to don lab coats and explore the world of science at the University of Wollongong. Forty-one school students participated in the UOW Science Experience -- a fun and informative science education program that involves three days of hands-on science activities for students entering Year 10. Students participated in a range of hands-on workshops hosted by UOW's Faculty of Science and the Faculties of Engineering and Informatics, working with academic staff and using laboratory equipment. The science program, managed nationally by the Science Schools Foundation, is aimed at introducing students to as many aspects of science studies as possible. Workshops included examining the effect of lava flow on volcanic eruption styles, the science of computer hacking, creating crazy chemical concoctions, measuring the temperature of absolute zero and DNA investigations. The program included a field trip to Futureworld Eco- technology Centre and the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium and a Science Show presented by Young Scientists of Australia. BG Students Eileen Wallace (left) from Wollongong and Terence Wiseham from Gerringong are pictured making copper compounds under the guidance of Dr Glennys O'Brien and PhD student Helen Price from UOW's School of Chemistry.