Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Students get a taste of research from paddock to plate

From assessing plant root growth and experiments showing the properties of grains, to identifying where lamb chops come from, the Graham Centre has given high school students a paddock to plate view of research.

More than 100 students from schools in Wagga Wagga and Junee visited the Centre on Friday 1 June for the annual Science and Agriculture Enrichment Day.

Graham Centre Partnerships and Engagement Manager Ms Toni Nugent said, “The aim of the Enrichment Day is to showcase the work of professional agricultural and animal scientists, to explain some of our research and to encourage students to consider careers in primary industries."

The underground root laboratoryAmy James Wagga High SchoolPost doctoral researcher Randy Adjonu demonstrating fryingElla Patterson and Hayley Hutchinson Wagga Wagga High SchoolToni Nugent, Graham Centre, Joss Cooper and Lucy Reardon from Mater Dei Catholic College and Emma Hand, Graham CentreCSU Postdoctoral research Dr Wei Zou and Amelia Aicken from the Riverina Anglican College.

Photo captions: Students in the underground root laboratory; Amy James Wagga High School at the microscope; Postdoctoral researcher, Dr Randy Adjonu demonstrating frying; Ella Patterson and Hayley Hutchinson Wagga Wagga High School;  Toni Nugent, Graham Centre, Joss Cooper and Lucy Reardon from Mater Dei Catholic College and Emma Hand, Graham Centre; CSU Postdoctoral research Dr Wei Zou and Amelia Aicken from the Riverina Anglican College.

Schools attending the event on Friday 1 June included: Kildare Catholic College, Kooringal High School, Mater Dei Catholic College, The Riverina Anglican College, Wagga Christian College, Wagga High School and Junee High School.

Later this month the Graham Centre will host another 100 students from high schools across the wider Riverina region.

 

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