Ringarooma Primary School students visit University of Tasmania for Students in School program

SCIENCE: University of Tasmania chemistry technical officer Cathy Tyson with grade 4 Ringarooma pupils Shanna Samec and Benjamin Cresswell. Picture: Paul Scambler

SCIENCE: University of Tasmania chemistry technical officer Cathy Tyson with grade 4 Ringarooma pupils Shanna Samec and Benjamin Cresswell. Picture: Paul Scambler

Conducting crazy experiments in a science lab and taking part in a scavenger hunt across campus were just some of the activities Ringarooma Primary School pupils took part in when they visited the University of Tasmania this week. 

The Students in Schools program invited university students to visit regional communities to break down any misconceptions about higher education. 

As part of the program, the Ringarooma pupils spent a day at UTAS to see what really goes on at university. 

The group took part in learning activities, and spoke to teachers and students along the way. 

Grade 6 pupil Caidyn Rowe was inspired by the day. 

“Now I want to come [to university] when I grow up," Caidyn said. 

School principal Duncan Walker said the pupils loved being on campus. 

“It’s a fantastic program because it really compliments the work we’re doing in schools around career planning,” Mr Walker said.

“It’s really encouraging students to remain engaged in education past year 12 and giving them the opportunity at a young age to see how accessible university is.” 

Students in Schools project manager Robert Alderson said the university students were thoroughly enjoying being a part of the program.

“One of the benefits of the program is that it develops the leadership skills of the UTAS volunteers and gives them an opportunity to give back to the community," Mr Alderson said.

“It’s also good for when they graduate because they’ve got that hands-on experience as well.” 

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