University Senior College year 11 students volunteered their time for the Children’s University Australia at the Adelaide Gaol on Thursday 29th September 2015 as part of their Term 3 School Holiday Program.
The Adelaide Gaol in conjunction with staff from the Ancient Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) at the University of Adelaide, hosted a crime themed day for year 2 students from one of Children’s University disadvantaged schools. USC students assisted the students with dental patterns, finger printing and DNA matching followed by a guided tour in the afternoon.
In the morning, ACAD staff delivered a short lecture entitled Crime Scenes and Forensic Science which introduced students to the use of science by law enforcement that help solve crimes. The lecture was followed up with a series of short practical activities that focussed on the importance of pattern matching.
After lunch, the students completed an activity trail around the Adelaide Gaol, answering questions as they learnt about one of the states most iconic buildings.
Another group of year 11’s will be volunteering their school holiday time on Thursday at the University of Adelaide with the staff from Neuroscience in the School of Medicine.
Here is what some of our students had to say about their experiences.
“Volunteering for Children’s University allowed me to learn about interacting with children and how each and every child learns in a different way. The lecture on Forensic science was interactive for some children as they answered questions and looked attentive while others quite enjoyed the three activities as they received the chance to have fun while learning” – Ralitsa
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