Twenty one years of whiz, fizz and bangs in chemistry

15 FEBRUARY 2019

* Riverina Year 12 students will have experienced 21 years of whizzes, fizzes and bangs when they participate in this year’s HSC Chemistry Days at CSU* Students from far-flung high schools gather to complete parts of their Chemistry course that they cannot do in their school* Students will visit CSU’s world-class facilities and learn about course and career optionsFinal year students from far-flung high schools will gather in Wagga Wagga next week to complete parts of their Chemistry course for the Higher School Certificate (HSC).About 220 Year 12 students from 20 NSW high schools will travel up to 450 kilometres to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga to undertake a series of experiments and practice their skills on equipment that is not available in their own schools.While visiting the campus, they will also experience the CSU facilities and staff, and live a slice of University life.“We want to show students, and teachers, some of what we have to offer science students, particularly the world-class facilities and equipment, as well as courses and career opportunities,” said CSU chemistry lecturer and course director Dr Celia Barril.“This program has been running for 21 years in collaboration with the Eastern Riverina Science Teacher Association, with the aim of filling important requirements for Chemistry students in their HSC, while also promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, particularly chemistry.”Students will complete experiments on acidity and basicity of common household products, iron content of cereals, and water acidification during the week commencing Monday 18 February.“Students take part to short activities demonstrating chemistry concepts and their application in our modern world.“We will also discuss studies and career paths in chemistry and science in general. Everyone participates, the students and their teachers and CSU staff - it is a great program!,” Dr Barril said.

Media Note:

The HSC Chemistry students andDr Celia Barril in Wagga Wagga will be available for pictures and interviews from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Thursday 21 or Friday 22 February. They will be in the NaLSH building (289), Nathan Cobb Drive on the Wagga Wagga campus, near Carpark P70.

To arrange interviews, contact Wes Ward at CSU Media on mobile 0417 125 795 or

Please note that visiting media will be required to wear enclosed, non-permeable shoes, as well as laboratory coats and safety goggles, in the laboratory.

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