Life of science put un­der mi­cro­scope

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A LOVE of science has seen four tal­ented St Catherine’s Catholic Col­lege kids travel to Bris­bane to ex­pand their knowl­edge in the field.

At­tend­ing the Aus­tralian Academy of Tech­nol­ogy Sciences and En­gi­neer­ing Clu­nies Ross 2015 Won­der of Ex­treme Science Ex­pe­ri­ence last week­end, the stu­dents heard talks from top sci­en­tists such as No­bel Prize win­ner Brian Sch­midt and got hands one with two sci­en­tific work­shops.

St Catherine’s Catholic Col­lege head of science Deb­bie Tay­lor said the kids sub­mit­ted a hand-writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion ex­plain­ing why they de- served the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The idea of the trip was to give the Year 10 stu­dents an idea of what a ca­reer in science might be like.

“They’re at a stage where they’re start­ing to choose sub­jects,” Ms Tay­lor said.

“That’s why it was im­por­tant for them to hear from sci­en­tists and see what it’s go­ing to en­tail.”

There was a lit­tle bit of fun in­volved as well though, with the kids tak­ing time out for a trip to Dream­world.

“The in­ten­tion was to do some data log­ging of all the rides, but we had a bit of a (tech­ni­cal) hold up on that,” Ms Tay­lor said.

FIELD TRIP: St Catherine’s Catholic Col­lege stu­dents Ea­mon Beatts, Katya Bandow, Caleb Robin­son and Nikita Avery with head of science Deb­bie Tay­lor (cen­tre) out­side Dream­world.

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