RMIT University is hitting the road this week to reach out to science-hungry students in the Grampians.
The Boeing Regional Roadshow will see current RMIT students perform science demonstrations and interactive workshops for primary and high schools in Dunkeld, Balmoral and Minyip.
Program co-ordinator Claire Farrugia said the shows gave students in regional Victoria an opportunity to get their rubber-gloved hands dirty while learning about what it takes to pursue a career in science.
"As part of our science show we will be trying to tease out the professor in all of us and uncover some of the magic behind science," Ms Farrugia said.
"We'll be challenging students and teachers to sit on a bed of nails; we'll also make slime and lava lamps; and analyse the compounds in certain foods."
The annual program focuses on regional and rural areas of Victoria and participation is free for all schools.
"Regional schools have less opportunity to engage directly with subjects like science and engineering, and this initiative gives students the chance to engage with young scientists and do something hands-on and fun," Ms Farrugia said.
In addition to bringing science to the remote corners of the state, the Boeing Regional Roadshow sends university science students back to the classroom to teach prospective students about how they too can harness their passion for science and turn it into a career.
Volunteer RMIT science student Carly Chongue is along for the ride and excited about the prospect of meeting school students who might be thinking about studying science when they leave school.
"It was not so long ago that I was a high school student trying to decide which direction to take," Ms Chongue said.
"It's exciting to think I might be able to pass on some useful information and perhaps play a part in helping someone make a positive choice with their studies."
The regional roadshow is sponsored by Boeing. It includes participation from RMIT, La Trobe University and the LEAP program, which aims to demystify the links between school, university and professions.
What: Boeing Regional Roadshow
When: 1-5 September
Where: Dunkeld Consolidated School (2 September Balmoral Community College (3 September Minyip Primary School (5 September)
For interviews: Claire Farrugia, 0427 951 300.