Albury-Wodonga students take part in SMART science fun

Primary school students in the border region have been given a glimpse into exciting future career opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) fields after taking part in the STEM on Track interactive science shows led by a specialist team from the University of Newcastle.

SMART Science Show at Victory Lutheran College in Wodonga

The visits were made possible by investment from the Inland Rail Skills Academy, enabling the University of Newcastle to deliver Science, Mathematics and Real Technology (SMART) tours in regional communities along the Inland Rail alignment.

This week, the SMART Science Shows visited Victory Lutheran College and Wodonga West Primary School where over 500 students took part in exciting, interactive science shows with a focus on ‘Force and Motion’.

Students explored the effects of common contact and non-contact forces including gravity, air-resistance, and magnetism. Presenters also investigated ‘spin forces’ and rocket science.

Schools who host or attend SMART Science Shows will receive a Unit of Work full of fun and hands-on activities exploring forces to implement in their classroom.

Stephen Jones, Inland Rail Director of Health, Safety and Environment said:

“We’re delighted that the STEM on Track partnership with the University of Newcastle is supporting young people in regional areas to have fun exploring science.

“The SMART Science Shows are an important way for us to give back to our communities and support the next generation of STEM professionals, whilst building capability and aspirations in regional communities.

“We are committed to supporting the wellbeing and prosperity of communities along the Inland Rail alignment and this partnership means regional students are benefiting from these programs and having fun along the way.”

Image caption: SMART Science Show at Victory Lutheran College in Wodonga