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Rossmoyne students learn about science at Curtin

Media release

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Curtin University has provided Rossmoyne Senior High School science students with a taste of what real university science is all about.

Curtin PhD student and Chemistry Outreach Leader, Lisa Swann, said the program was a great way to increase young people’s interest in science.

“This is an opportunity for young people to gain exposure to the sort of science first year university students undertake,” Mrs Swann said.

“Through this experience, we hope to create a greater interest in science amongst these students, which will result in some of them choosing to study science at university.”

At the chemistry session led by Mrs Swann, the students were required to find the level of acid in vinegar, using a method known as titration.

“This is a basic science skill that all university science students need to know,” she said.

“It’s something a bit different to what they do at school, so they tend to find this exciting.”

Rossmoyne Science Teacher Dr David Henderson said the program was a valuable way for his students to learn about what science can offer in terms of further study.

“Many students are unsure about what options they have once they finish school,” Dr Henderson said.

“These visits to Curtin offer students interested in science a valuable way to explore the possible career paths this interest could take them.”

The program was held over four weeks, and allowed Rossmoyne’s Year 10 science students to learn more about chemistry, ion mass spectrometry, pharmacy and biomedical science.

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