USC to inspire young scientists in Gympie

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USC to inspire young scientists in Gympie

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Published on 23 October 2013

More than 150 primary school children will be building bridges, planes and miniature catapults as part of a university-led Science Discovery Day in Gympie tomorrow (Thursday 24 October).

This is the first time this event, run by the University of the Sunshine Coast in conjunction with the University of Newcastle, has been held in the Gympie region.

USC Science Education Project Officer Sue Lanham said the hands-on activities were designed to provide Year 5 and 6 students with a fun and educational experience of science and engineering.

“It’s also providing an opportunity for students to meet with other young scientists from other schools throughout the region,” she said.

“Groups of children from eight schools will be competing to construct and fly styrofoam planes, make mini-catapults and fire projectiles, and build and test bridges.”

The event is part of USC’s activities for Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program (HePPP) for schools.

— Julie Schomberg

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