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Science show with a bang at VU

The VU and Western Chances Science Experience at Victoria University taking place in the first week of December will bring together 140 year 9 students from 12 schools across Melbourne's west for a taste of science.

VU lecturer in Foundation Studies Nick Athanasiou says this is raw science to savour.

He says: "We are running a wide range of hands-on science experiments and experiences throughout the event – all of which are designed to engage students, spike their interest and provide them with a science palette they are unlikely to have experienced."

And it's all hands on deck to make the event happen. VU's past Foundation Studies students who have used this study pathway to gain access to the highly sought Education degree courses and present Foundation Studies and Community Science students will act as mentors, moderators and demonstrators.

Nick says: "Their role is paramount to the success of the event."

At the conclusion of this year's three-day Science Experience at Victoria University (VU), school students will see the wackiest of science experiments.

As a bonus this year, a free science evening for families will be held, where VU's Professor Science Troupe will present 'The Great Fantastic Science Extravaganza', showcasing more than 20 amazing demonstrations and hands-on activities that children and parents can do at the event and at home.

Students from the following schools will participate:

  • Bayside P-12 College, Williamstown
  • Braybrook College
  • Brimbank College
  • Copperfield College, Sydenham
  • Debney Park Secondary College, Flemington
  • Footscray City College
  • Gilmore College for Girls, Footscray
  • Kealba Secondary College
  • St Albans Secondary College
  • Sunshine College
  • Taylors Lakes Secondary College
  • Werribee Secondary College

What: Secondary school students in action at The Big Bang Science Show

Where: Building D, Room 231, Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Cnr Ballarat and Geelong Rds, Footscray

When: Thursday 3 December

Time: 11.00 am

Media Contact: Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 5487; mobile: 0403 556 001

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