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Students step into science shoes

Originally published in ANU, On Campus, April 18 2012

A group of Indigenous school students from around Australia experienced life as science students at ANU last week.

The students – from as far afield as Darwin – came to ANU as part of the Indigenous Youth Science Camp run by the Joint Colleges of Science.

During the two-day camp, the students made ice-cream using liquid nitrogen, discovered why waves on the beach are foamy and why sand sometimes squeaks when walked on, and explored the Universe from the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory.

The camp provided the students with the opportunity to meet current ANU Indigenous students and hear about their university experiences.

The participants also met ANU Vice-Chancellor Ian Young and the first Indigenous member of the ACT Parliament, Minister for Education Chris Bourke, during an official dinner at Mount Stromlo.

Camp organiser Mr Jonathan Dampney said the camp was a great success.

“This camp has provided an opportunity for these students to get a taste of university life. We look forward to seeing these students come back to ANU in future years,” Mr Dampney said.

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About Simon Copland

Simon Copland is a freelance writer and climate campaigner. In his spare time he plays rugby union and is a David Bowie fanatic. He is a regular columnist for the Sydney Star Observer, blogs at The Moonbat and tweets at @SimonCopland.

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