Kickstart on the Road comes to Armidale

High school students in regional NSW will have the chance to kick start their science studies when the outreach team from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science visit Armidale in May.

Students will get to do hands-on activities in Kickstart on the Road workshops.

“It’s very exciting taking Kickstart on the Road out of the labs in Sydney,” said Tom Gordon, Science Communicator and Kickstart Physics coordinator in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

Dr Cecily Oakley, Science Communicator in the School of Biological Sciences, said the program aims not only to aid in exam preparation for these students, but to excite, intrigue and inspire them about the natural world.

The Kickstart workshops are highly interactive with educational sessions specifically designed around the HSC Science syllabus.

The Kickstart program runs regularly in Sydney, with over 5 000 high school students participating each year.

“Kickstart workshops introduce Year 12 students to specialist experiments and concepts and is a wonderful opportunity to take our program out of the University labs and into high schools. Students will have access to our equipment and expertise without the long drive to Sydney,” said Tom.

“Not everyone can afford to get to Sydney. Most high schools don’t get to see equipment from a university lab – equipment that is used by university students and researchers,” said Tom.

The enthusiastic team of undergraduate and PhD demonstrators from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science make ideal role models for high school students.

The workshops are always immensely popular, with feedback from students and teachers very positive. Students consistently say they never get to use stuff like this at school. Comments from teachers include that the demonstrators were passionate about their Physics and provide great role modeling.

“We are very excited to be able to bring the Kickstart Biology program to visit students in Armidale. We are bringing with us snakes, lizards, eyeballs, brains and insects, as well as some very talented demonstrators to explain the mysteries of biology,” said Cecily.

In previous years, Kickstart on the Road has been to Tamworth, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Broken Hill and Port Macquarie.

Kickstart on the Road workshops will be held in Armidale on 6 and 7 May.

For more information and for bookings please contact:

Jessica Morris, School Programs Coordinator,
Science Marketing & Communication Unit, University of Sydney