University puts its best face forward for Open Day
Thursday, 16 August 2012
The value of education will be brought home in Gen Y style at the University of Adelaide's Open Day on Sunday 19 August, with technology, interaction and innovation playing a major role.
One of the more entertaining displays this year will be a professional body painting session depicting the internal makeup of the human body, showing muscles, nerves and skeletal structure. The exhibit will showcase the University's Health Sciences research and teaching excellence in graphic style, featuring two professional models and an artist in a three-hour, eye-catching painting display.
Another activity sure to draw the crowds includes a South Australian first - an eco-friendly mechanical aircraft designed by aerospace students to emulate the flight of birds and showcase the potential of emission-free airplanes.
In a bid to encourage women to study engineering, computing and mathematical sciences, the University has organised a GirlTech Lounge this year, a drop-in session for teenage girls and their parents to discuss potential careers in these fields with existing and former female students.
The University's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington, will also present a 45-minute address to parents and prospective students at this year's Open Day.
Professor Bebbington will outline the University's reputation as the tertiary institution of "first choice" for South Australian students, and give parents an overview of the direction the University is taking in teaching and research over the next decade.
Other activities on offer for prospective students and their families include:
- The opportunity to play geologist for a day by helping to date South Australia's oldest rock with the use of a laser spectrometer;
- Taking an animated and interactive walk through the evolution of life on Earth;
- Learning how your brain makes sense of the world and how this gives psychologists an insight;
- An interactive session to recognise key architectural and design features of the University;
- A fun activity to discover just how healthy you really are;
- A virtual tour to discover the world of forensics;
- Engineering displays, including a self-balancing uni-cycle and the science behind sports shoes;
- A scavenger hunt revealing why Law is a useful profession;
- Performances from Elder Conservatorium of Music students and a live broadcast from Radio Adelaide.
"Open Day will give prospective students, their families and the general public an opportunity to explore the University of Adelaide," says Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington.
"I encourage people to come along to learn about study and career options, university life, hear from our best researchers and teachers and enjoy a fun day out."
For those who can't attend, the most popular talks will be live streamed on the day.
Open Day runs from 9.00am-4.30pm on Sunday 19 August. For more information go to: www.adelaide.edu.au/openday