Students give up their time to make slime

IT MAY be the last week of school holidays before term 1 begins, but Sutera Morice and Sarah Merrington were happy to give up a few days and get stuck into some science experiments.

Sutera, 15, of Yolla District High School and Sarah, 15, of St Patrick's College, are two of 30 year 9 and 10 students taking part in the University of Tasmania's Science Experience summer program.

The three-day program touches on elements of chemistry, agricultural science, psychology and architecture, as well as what the Australian Maritime College and HITLab offer.

Program co-ordinator Adele Wilson said it was aimed at students interested in science and wanting to learn more about what they could possibly do in the future.

``The participants have that interest in science, but at their high school, they may only be able to do one science subject, whereas here they get that taste of all the different sciences,'' Ms Wilson said.

Yesterday the participants synthesised and purified aspirin, before testing the purity of their product, made rubber and then produced some slime.

Ms Wilson, who is undertaking her PhD in Organolanthanide chemistry at the university, said she really enjoyed taking the program because there were so many fun aspects of science.

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