More than 180 primary school students from Wyong Public School began their University education earlier than expected when they visited the University of Newcastle Central Coast campus.
The Year 3, 4 and 5 students, along with their family members, experienced a real taste of student life with; a dynamic science lecture, delivered by current science student Karlie Noon, a hands-on “fishy” Marine Biology Lab, organised and presented by Central Coast academic Dr Ken Zimmerman and Dr Margaret Platell, and a special library tour with the Central Coast Library’s very own storyteller Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor.
This pilot event, held in June 2013, has been organised at the request of the primary school that were keen to expose their students to their local university. The visit had been arranged by the University’s Equity and Diversity Unit, in partnership with Wyong Public School, as part of the AIM High program. AIM High works with schools and low income communities as a whole to increase awareness of, and to build aspiration and expectation to, participate in higher education. It achieves this through delivering a suite of activities and experiences, from infants through to senior high school.
For most of the students attending, this was their first trip to a University campus and they were excited about being shown around the campus by current University of Newcastle students who acted as their tour guides.
The AIM High team hopes that this is the first of many University experiences for the Wyong students and their visit will result in them returning to their local university as undergraduates.