Bright minds converge for Tasmanian Youth Science Forum

STUDENTS explored exciting careers in science, engineering and technology last month during the Tasmanian Youth Science Forum (TYSF).

Twenty year 11 and 12 representatives from across the state spent their holiday break at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, experiencing real-life research projects and visiting leading research institutes and laboratories.

The forum took place over three days and included a variety of science workshops from Antarctic studies to zoology.

Participants dissected worms, extracted chemicals from plants and saw a race car built from scratch by engineering students.

The program finished with science demonstrations in a grand finale by science communicator Jeremy Just.

Hobart College student Max Cross said the experience helped him learn more about what the university offered for his potential career.

“I was enjoying science in high school and I knew I wanted to do it at university, but I wasn’t really sure what courses to do,” he said.

“I learnt a lot about marine science because we went to IMAS where we gutted fish, looked inside their stomachs and also learnt about the aquaculture facilities and how they grow all the salmon.”

Students worked with University researchers and scientists, including Dr Joanna Jones (Agriculture), Dr Sarah Ugalde (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies), and Associate Professor Greg Jordan (Plant Science).

Visiting presenters Andrew Hughes (Bookend Trust) and Katherine Tattersall (CSIRO) discussed their careers and what it was like to work in professions they loved.

Participants also engaged with current university students to learn more about future careers and study options.

TYSF coordinator Dr Adele Wilson said the annual forum provided an invaluable and memorable experience to all students involved.

“The TYSF provides first-hand information about careers in science, engineering and technology, and encourages students to continue their studies in these areas,” she said.

“It’s fantastic to have these keen students attending a forum where they can see some of the important scientific research happening right here in Tasmania.”

The 2018 Tasmanian Youth Science Forum is hosted by the University’s College of Sciences and Engineering.

Caption: Pictured clockwise from front, Bryce Rieper from Claremont College, Chloe Cooper from St Mary’s College, Max Cross from Hobart College and Alex Kingsley from Elizabeth College take to the microscope to study leaves.