Kids consider university campus life
Shayden Varu thought a university was a place for old people who write things.
But after living life as a uni student - sleeping in a dorm and sitting through a lecture - he now believes university can be for young people, too.
The 13-year-old sat through a coding and robotics class, where he programmed a robot to move around.
He now wants to study computer science, something he’d never realised was possible.
Shayden and his classmates at Kimihia School in Huntly experienced student life at the University of Waikato last week.
For most at the decile three school, it was the first time they’d set foot on a university campus.
And by Thursday, all 61 pupils had dreams to study at tertiary level.
The school’s principal, Pamela Dunn, said the trip was about giving students a hands-on experience of university life.
The pupils arrived on Wednesday and went along to a coding and robotics class.
They slept in dorm rooms at Student Village, and ate their meals in the student hall.
On Thursday, they went to a lecture about engineering and the build of the Waikato expressway.
The pupils, aged between 11 and 13, were surprisingly engaged, Dunn said.
The expressway runs through Huntly, so they were familiar with the road but curious to see how it’s engineered.
Under the new government tertiary students get their first year free which appealed to Louis Foster, 12, but it’s not what would entice him to study at tertiary level.
Louis is into design and engineering - subjects that can be studied at Waikato university.
The university’s vicechancellor Professor Neil Quigley, said for a lot of the pupils, they will be the first in their family to think about going to university.
The idea behind the stay is for the pupils to see university as a normal part of the community, he said.
Ruby Messent, 12, Emma Richardson, 12 and Jessica Richardson, 12, spent time at Waikato university.