ANU Open Day offers educational fun for all

The Australian National University (ANU) will open its laboratories, theatres, museums and research projects to the community for its annual open day on Saturday 25 August.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt said Open Day is a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to explore Australia’s national university.

“There are so many gadgets and gizmos used for research and teaching across all fields – arts, music, history, science, law, medicine, engineering, computer science – so there’s something for everyone at ANU Open Day,” Professor Schmidt said.

“There will also be many information sessions for students who are thinking about studying at Australia’s leading university, and we expect to welcome many high school students and their families from around the country to Canberra this weekend.”

Some highlights of the ANU Open Day include:

  • Solar Big Dish tour: see the 489m2 solar dish concentrator and learn how it works to produce the energy of an average concentration of 2,100 suns.
  • Still life drawing classes: Arts staff will be offering still life drawing activities
  • Lego profit game: Using Lego blocks, visitors will work in teams to try to build the biggest profit.
  • Accommodation tours: Student residences will be open for inspection all day, including a sneak peek of the new Wright and Bruce halls.

Professor Brian Schmidt will be available for interview at 11:50am on Saturday at the ANU Pop Up.

The full program is available on the ANU website.


WHAT: ANU Open Day – activities, tours, lectures.

WHEN: Saturday 25 August 9am-5pm. Interview with Vice-Chancellor at 11:50am

WHERE: ANU campus, Acton

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