Students and children had a truly enriching experience at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus Open Day last week as they explored the diverse opportunities offered by the university whilst getting a feel of the university life.
The excitement and joy was apparent on their gleaming faces as they discovered the world of science by viewing fascinating displays and demonstrations by the various schools from USPís three faculties. For many of these youngsters, it was a rare opportunity to see such exhibits and participate in an event of such magnitude.
The two-day event that was held on Friday 10th August and Saturday 11th August at Shirley Park in Lautoka, attracted a huge crowd on the first day with schools visiting from the locality and other towns in the Western Division.
Each school was accorded a special welcome and given a brief introduction of the event, followed by multi-cultural items presented by the USP and Jasper Williams High School students and they were then ushered to the main display booths.
There were displays and demonstrations from all the schools from USPís three faculties Ė Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE).
Aspiring students had a fantastic opportunity to talk to the USP academics, administrative staff, USP alumni and the current staff of the university to learn about USP.
There were displays on the Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL), Continuing and Community Education (CCE), from Student Academic Services (SAS), College of Foundation Studies, USP Book Centre, USP Student Association (USPSA) and government scholarship units.
Brochures on different courses and programmes and other handouts with relevant information on USP were available. Students freely moved around and made the most of the tour. Some were seen taking notes as they talked to the staff and discovered new things.
The baby iguana, specimens of butterflies, small marine animals such as baby turtles, fish and star fish, animal brains and other specimen collection were some of the major attractions.
There was also a very interesting display of a traffic light control system using a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).