Kimba students visit ANSTO

Sixteen students and two teachers from Kimba Area School had the opportunity to see what it is like inside the Lucas Heights nuclear facility (ANSTO), as part of a four day trip to Sydney.

The students, ranging from year 10 to 12, had a series of different activities, including tours of the Royal National Park and ANSTO, hands-on sessions, talks, career panels and a visit to the The Australian Museum.

Year 11 student Rhianna Page said it was a “very educational trip.”

“It gives you more information about what they do there and the career options they have.”

Teacher Anita Kessling, who attended the trip, said it was an opportunity for the students.

“It was a great opportunity for our country kids to visit a site with a diverse range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related research,” she said.

“The activities including the museum and the harbour cruise were things that were once in a lifetime opportunities for some kids.”

Parents Graeme and Tania Hampel said they were grateful their daughter Abbey had the opportunity to participate in the trip.

They said the chance to fly to Sydney with a group of students and experience a harbour cruise and tour of Circular Quay and the city was “awesome”.

“Also to learn of a range of careers in nuclear science which otherwise wouldn’t necessarily be heard of.

“She would highly recommend the trip to anyone.”

The students also did interviews and spoke about their experiences for a video on the trip.