Fly vision to inspire interest in science

Monday, 15 January 2007

Year 10 students from across the state will have the opportunity to see the world 'through the eyes of a fly" as part of the three-day Siemens Science Experience at the University of Adelaide this week, from Tuesday 16 January.

The "myth-busting" workshop about fly vision and how researchers are using this new knowledge in science and technology will be one of a series of activities and presentations aiming to stimulate interest in science and encourage the students to pursue science in upper secondary school and beyond.

Other activities will include testing an aircraft wing in a wind tunnel, stretching an iron bar to breaking point, deducing whether a stain is blood, and investigating how to tempt cows' taste buds.

Faculty of Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bob Hill said: "The Siemens Science Experience and other programs like this are the key to the future of science. We aim to capture young people's interest and encourage them to continue to study science. These three days gives Year 10 students the opportunity to discover the diverse and amazing career opportunities that can come from studying science and technology."

The Siemens Science Experience at the University of Adelaide is organised by the University's Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, in partnership with Siemens and Rotary International.

This year at the University of Adelaide, about 100 students from 36 secondary schools, including 20 students from rural schools, will attend the two days at the University's North Terrace Campus and one day at the Roseworthy Campus.


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