The Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA) 2017 intake comprises 60 potentially high achieving Year 13 Science students from 46 participating schools across New Zealand. The students attend two one-week long science camps held in January and July and are enrolled in OUASSA's year long on-line learning programme.
The 2017 January Science Camp was a great success. The OUASSA team are looking forward to the Winter Science Camp in July.
January Summer Science Camp
During the Summer Science Camp students worked on two, 2-day projects from Chemistry, Maths, Physics/Geology, Marine Science, Anatomy/Physiology, Genetics/Biochemistry, Zoology, Geography, Computer Science, and Sport & Exercise Science. They also took part in short electives choosing one from either Surveying, Psychology, Materials Science and Technology, or Ag@Otago.
The students attended morning lectures by researchers from the University and evening seminars in Science Communication, as well as some much needed social and recreational activities. The students even had a chance to go out on the Monarch for a tour of the harbour.
Alongside the student program OUASSA also ran the first of this year's Teacher Workshops to help support their Science classroom teaching. Teachers attended hands-on full-day lab sessions in Chemistry, Physics, Genetics/Biochemistry, as well as seminars and shorter sessions in Lab Safety, Sport and Exercise Science, and Ag@Otago.
To break up the busy schedule teachers also attended to a tour and dinner at the Royal Albatross Centre on Otago Peninsula.