Experimentfest feature

Tomorrow’s scientists put to the test at Experiment Fest

Students from across the Central Coast were given a chance to have hands-on experiences of complicated experiments and scientific concepts, when they attended the 2013 Experiment Fest at the University of Newcastle, Central Coast campus.

ExperimentFest is a unique program designed for Higher School Certificate (HSC) students to improve their skills and to apply their knowledge by taking part in experiments and applications of scientific theory, which are not normally explored in their school laboratories.

Students from Gosford High School, Central Coast Grammar, Wyong High School, Lisarow High School and Morisset High School, who are studying biology, physics and chemistry as part of their HSC took part in the events held over three days in late June.

Organised by the University’s Faculty of Science and IT and the NSW Department of Education and Training, ExperimentFest has provided inspiring and enriching learning opportunities for more than 1,500 high school science students from across the Central Coast, Hunter and Mid North Coast, since it began in 2002.

Some of the experiments that the students completed included finding out the concentration of phosphoric acid in cola drinks, superconductivity, measuring oxygen saturation in the blood and learning about electric and magnetic fields.

To find out more about ExperimentFest visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/science-it/events-and-community/experiment-fest/

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