Twenty-five years after the University of Otago's hands-on
science programme started, organisers are still finding new
things to do, such as offering ''science snacks'' aboard the
research vessel Polaris II yesterday.
About 235 senior secondary school pupils from throughout New
Zealand are taking part in the latest annual science camp,
which aims to familiarise pupils with research opportunities
at Otago University and elsewhere in Dunedin.
In recent years, some pupils have joined week-long research
projects run each morning organised by the university's
marine science department and involving trips aboard the
But yesterday was the first time pupils had been able to
undertake afternoon science snacks aboard the research
vessel. Such ''snacks'' allowed students to briefly
experience a wide range of scientific research options.
And this was also believed to be the first time three Otago
academic disciplines - marine science, surveying and geology
- had joined forces to offer snack sessions at the same
venue, in this case, aboard the vessel.
Hands-on science camp co-ordinator Sandra Copeland said the
programme went smoothly, with everyone taking the earlier
mixed weather in their stride.
Otago surveying lecturer Emily Tidey and surveying
professional practice fellow Richard Hemi co-ordinated
overall hands-on science activities on the vessel yesterday
Mrs Tidey said the school pupils had enjoyed the
two-and-a-half-hour trip, mainly in Otago Harbour. It had
been a ''good step forward'' for the three disciplines to be
working together offering science snacks at the same time,
Mrs Tidey said.
The science camp ends tomorrow.