Issue 4 - 7 May 2013 enews home

Ice-cream treat for ‘future’ uni students

By Patrick Nelson

From left: Shane Coulthard-Kuchel, Lacey Erlandson, Athina Malbunka and Dr Terry McClafferty

They don’t usually allow ice-cream in the science lab at Centralian Middle School, although an exception was made recently for CDU’s Into Uni secondary outreach team.

Indeed Lecturer in Education Dr Terry McClafferty was showing students how to make the frosty delight, as well as explain some of the scientific principles in play.

“The secret is to lower the freezing point of ice in order to freeze the cream, which we achieved by applying salt and agitating,” Dr McClafferty said.

It was all part of a strategy to stimulate Year 8 students into thinking about pursuing university after they’ve completed Year 12.

Dr McClafferty described the mobile, interactive, flexible, collaborative and digital aspects to tertiary education at CDU.

“You’ll have a password so you can access Learnline, the online learning environment which will be central to your success as a student at CDU," Dr McClafferty said.

“It is from Learnline that you’ll be able to interact with your lecturer and other students, listen to lecture podcasts, track your grades and much more.”

Dr McClafferty and other members of the Into Uni program will greet about 40 Alice Springs students when they visit Casuarina campus in mid-May.

“It’s important to excite and inspire them about university, and at the same time to ensure they feel safe and confident about what could otherwise be an intimidating experience,” he said.

“We’ll have plenty of things for them to do and we’ll give them plenty of food for thought that will have much more substance than ice-cream.”