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The last of the NYSF Next Step programs for 2013 were delivered this month in Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

Next Step offers NYSF students an opportunity to look at a range of options for tertiary study in science, technology and engineering in these main and regional centres.

Visits to industry sites are also included in Next Step, which allows students to consider employment options and how to link in their study with a wide range of career choices. NYSF Partners often host these industry visits, providing additional value to their involvement in the program and engagement with the students.

Twenty-five students visited The University of Newcastle (UoN), where they had hands-on experience programming robots; the CSIRO’s Energy Centre; Orica’s Kooragang Island facility; and the Newcastle Institute of Energy.

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University of Newcastle hosted NYSF Students in July 2013
Image: Dean Osland, reproduced with permission of The Newcastle Herald © Copyright 2013

The Sydney Next Step attracted 114 local and interstate students, and NYSF facilitated visits to the University of Sydney; the University of Technology Sydney; the University of New South Wales; and the University of Western Sydney. NYSF partners Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Cochlear, Orica’s Botany facility hosted visits, and the program rounded off with time at the Powerhouse Museum,  the Sydney Observatory and a cruise on Sydney Harbour.

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NYSF students were hosted at University of Technology Sydney during 2013 Next Step Program   (image courtesy UTS)

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Maths is fun at UNSW! 2013 Next Step           (image courtesy UNSW)

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Sydney 2013 Next Step toured the Botany Orica facility (image courtesy Orica)

Adelaide’s program in July visited the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. Site visits were made to the Royal Institution of Australia and the Science Media Centre, Rising Sun Pictures, behind the scenes tours at Adelaide Zoo, the South Australian Museum, and Forensic Science South Australia. Nineteen (19) local and interstate students from attended this program.

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Fossil inspection at The University of Western Australia - NYSF students at Perth 2013 Next Step

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NYSF students were hosted by partners Curtin University at Perth Next Step 2013

The final Next Step program for 2013 was held in July in Perth and attracted 16 local and interstate students. Visits were made to the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, the Forensic Science at the ChemCentre, BHP Billiton’s nickel refinery, IBM, and partner Water Corporation (WA).