Kwinana Industry Council and Murdoch show high schools a science future

August 26, 2015

Murdoch University helped to provide students around Rockingham with a taste of science careers and study.Year 10 students got a taste of science careers and study options thanks to a new initiative from the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) and Murdoch University.

The KIC iSCIENCE Project, which ran over six days during August at the Murdoch University Rockingham Campus, enabled around 30 students living in Rockingham, Kwinana and Cockburn to find about more about the local opportunities for careers in science.

The Project was tailored for students who were intending to follow ATAR Science, Math and Technology subjects during Years 11 and 12, and who were hoping to pursue tertiary studies.

Murdoch University’s Director of External Engagement Phil Payne said that the University was delighted to have contributed to this collaborative school outreach program.

“Murdoch University is committed to working with our local school communities and their students to raise awareness, enthusiasm and aspiration to experience and study science, technology, engineering and information technology,” Mr Payne said.

“We are working hard to form partnerships that help demonstrate the value of a science degree to students and the value of scientists to Australia.”

KIC Director Chris Oughton said the launch of the iSCIENCE Project demonstrated KIC’s commitment towards providing ongoing opportunities for students in the local region.

“Our Education Development programs are proving very popular and have continued to attract lots of students,” Mr Oughton said.

“The project highlights the commitment industry has to engaging students in the workforce and provides an opportunity for students to see what industry looks like from inside.

“The project gives students the opportunity to explore and understand the breadth of industry in the Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA) and the broad range of science based career options available.

“The iSCIENCE Project provides a unique approach to the existing programs, as it is aimed at students who are intending to go to university to pursue science-based studies.”

During the six day project students visited a range of working environments within the KIA to meet current employees in a range of science based roles.

Students gained valuable information and awareness of science, maths and technology courses at Murdoch University, with the opportunity to go to the campus to meet lecturers and students.

The students also learned how to prepare a resume, practise interview techniques, social media and presentation skills and also gain hands-on science experience as part of a visit to the Murdoch South Street campus.

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Comments (2 responses)

Eloise Johnson August 27, 2015

As a participant in the iscience project, I would just like to say how fantastic the experience is. Thank you so much for accepting me into this unique program, I am certainly going to recommend it to everyone!

ANDREW TAGGART September 1, 2015

This is a great program and we welcome our partnership with KIC. I look forward to welcoming these Year 10 students to a Murdoch campus in two years time. Exciting science courses and careers await.

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