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Discover a university for Tasmania at the 2019 Burnie Open Day

The University of Tasmania is encouraging the North-West community to chart a course towards lifelong learning by attending this year’s Burnie Open Day event.

Taking place at Cradle Coast campus on Sunday, 11 August, the annual initiative invites visitors to explore and experience higher education first-hand.

Between 10 am-3 pm, staff and students from across the University’s colleges and divisions will present inspiring, immersive and informative activities.

Details about courses, research, scholarships and accommodation will be shared, as well as insight into what makes studying at the University unique.

Visitors can also meet alumni while receiving a new headshot for LinkedIn, discover local sustainability initiatives and learn about clubs and societies.

Executive Director of Marketing Michelle Weir said Open Day aligned with the institution’s commitment and mission to be a university for Tasmania.

“Open Day allows us to showcase the many distinctive learning opportunities our university offers across Tasmania,” Ms Weir said.

“It is a family-friendly event where we proudly put our staff and students front and centre to share their experiences.

“We hope our visitors leave with a sense of what university life is like and feel empowered to explore how further education can positively shape their futures.”

Visitors who pre-register for Open Day online go into the draw to win a $5,000 Tasmanian adventure and get a complimentary gift pack on the day. Terms and conditions apply.

View the complete North-West program at

Burnie Open Day highlights:

Hands-on with Health

Attempt a life-sized game of Operation, or learn how to tie a sling while Bandaging with Bears. Help identify the organs of the Rural Clinical School’s anatomical model Ken, or the bones of Skele the model skeleton.

With Chemistry you can shape the world

Sample liquid nitrogen ice-cream, make slime, learn how 3D printers create cutting-edge micro-components, and discover how a humble espresso machine is used to extract extremely valuable plant compounds.

Explore the biological sciences

Peer at invertebrates through microscopes, extract DNA using basic household items, identify mammal skulls, plants and insects, and discover how University researchers are helping understand and manage the natural world.

The Bananagram challenge

An addictive award-winning word challenge game where players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles.

Theatre and performance Log Slammer challenge

Join staff from the Theatre and Performance program in having fun on the inflatable Log Slammer, designed to challenge agility, balance, and endurance.


Keep warm with a cup of hot soup with proceeds to charity, chat with Social Sciences experts and learn how to make a real difference in the world.

TIA bee bombs to boost the local ecosystem

Ever heard of Australia’s native kunzea ambigua? Attract bees, butterflies, and birds to your garden with seed bombs.

Shape, design, build and power a sustainable future with engineering

Meet the University’s motorsport team and see the electric F1-style vehicle that they designed, built, and raced. Visitors can also learn how the University contributed to building one of the world’s first hybrid electricity systems.

The future is technology!

Be immersed in virtual and augmented reality worlds that are brought to life with technology from the Human Interface Technology laboratory.

Australian Maritime College sailing simulator

Take the helm of the AMC’s laser sailboat simulator and navigate the chaotic water traffic of Sydney Harbour.

Published on: 08 Aug 2019 9:45am