Celebrating Science: Students get up close and personal with UWS wildlife

Penrith student holds a snake 

Students from Penrith South Public School have been celebrating National Science Week with two visits to the University of Western Sydney's Hawkesbury campus this week.

Monday's bad weather notwithstanding, a highlight for the students was a rendezvous with UWS reptile inhabitants. UWS staff gave short presentations about the reptiles and quizzed students on their knowledge about each species. Armed with ipads, students recorded their observations and took photos.  Finally there was the highlight of the morning - a much-anticipated chance to interact with the reptiles directly followed by an opportunity to hold their favourite species.

National Science Week is Australia's annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals - from students, to scientists, to chefs and musicians - get involved in more than 1000 science events across the nation. Science Week aims to encourage young people's interest in science and technology while acknowledging the contributions the nation's scientists make to the world of knowledge.


19 August 2014

Lyn Danniger, Media Officer