The University of Newcastle, Australia

Kids on campus

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A number of AIM High programs saw almost 600 school students participate in on-campus activities during July.

Group school students watching demonstration

Despite being University holidays, both Callaghan and Ourimbah campus have been far from quiet this past month. A number of AIM High programs saw almost 600 school students participate in on-campus activities during July.

An inaugural CSI: Newcastle program was launched at Callaghan on July 18. The program enlists Year 9 students to help solve a staged crime. The students work through four activities that range from analysing forensic evidence through to learning about media journalism and the proceedings of a court trial.

The program was developed to provide Year 9 students with a hands-on University experience to enhance career aspirations and encourage them to undertake science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) subjects at secondary and tertiary levels.

Year 6 students and their families also experienced a 'day in the life' of a university student through the Discover University Days. Over three days, more than 330 students and 130 family members took part in interactive activities such as lectures delivered by current university students, a science show and campus scamper.

The Discover University Days are designed to show that university is an exciting and interesting place, but also that it is for everybody. The program was held on the Central Coast for the first time in June and overall there has already been an increase in participation numbers from 2013. The final Discover University Days for 2014 are running in August.

Both these programs have the potential to reach thousands of students throughout future deliveries, providing students with information and opportunities they might not otherwise have access to. If you see students and their families on campus during future visits, please say hello and make them feel welcome.

In 2013, the University's AIM High program connected with more than 5,000 low socio-economic status primary and high school students in the Central Coast, Hunter and Mid-north Coast, providing hands-on higher education experiences in partnership with schools and their communities.

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