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Students get hands on with science (25 March 2015)

CRDC and CSIRO hosted a Small Schools Science Day in Narrabri on Wednesday 25 March, facilitated by the cotton industry’s Cotton Education Officer (and CottonInfo education technical specialist) Trudy Staines.

More than 200 students from seven small schools around the Narrabri Shire attended the day, which showcased various science topics from soils, pathology and plants to coal formation, gas and Aboriginal culture. Students participated in 12 rotating interactive activities, getting hands on with both science and agriculture. The day also provided an opportunity for students to learn more about the large number of science-based industries and organisations in and around Narrabri.

Cotton Education Officer Trudy Staines said the day built on the Science Extravaganza held with the Narrabri Public School.

“Over the past four years, we have been running a biennial science day with the local public school – and with great success. This year, we have broadened science’s reach: with seven small schools from the local area participating,” Trudy said.

“It’s a great way for kids to learn all about science and agriculture; getting their hands dirty, trying new things, asking lots of questions and – we hope – ultimately walking away with a newfound interest in, and appreciation for, the role of science in their lives.

“One day, we might even see this current crop of young students in science and agricultural careers. We believe this type of event is the best way to engage them, making them aware of what is available, what is happening in the local area, and what the science community has achieved,” Trudy said.

The Small Schools Science Day is supported by CRDC, the CSIRO Agricultural flagship, the CSIRO Australian Astronomy Space Science Flagship, NSW Department of Primary Industry Biosecurity, Boggabri Coal, Santos, the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute, North West Local Land Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Namoi Cotton.