Smashing nitrogen-frozen fruits and vegetables, placing organs in a dummy human body and seeing how television is filmed were some of the recent activities of more than 30 students from Monaro High School.
They were taking part in a student experience day at the University of Canberra.
The Year 9 students were amongst 250 students from schools across NSW that travelled to Canberra for the UC 4 Yourself day.
Joel Wybrew, from Cooma, said the day was "really good".
"I've learnt a lot about the options that are available at UC, what my future could hold and also met new people. The staff at UC are really friendly and easy to get along with,' Joel, 15, said.
"The highlight of the day for me was going to the media centre and seeing how television news is filmed and all the production behind it."
Organiser of the UC 4 Yourself day was Rebecca Mason from the University's Student Equity and Support Unit, who said it is designed to encourage students to recognise the potential benefits associated with a university education.
"The aim of the day was to familiarise high school students with what a university education might be like through fun activities such as a scavenger hunt on campus, workshops in study areas like physiotherapy and education and an expo where students could talk with lecturers and other students about their tertiary study options," Ms Mason said.
She said the students also enjoyed touring the University of Canberra's campus accommodation facilities.
The University recently announced it will offer an accommodation guarantee for all first-year students in 2014.
The UC 4 Yourself day is a free event for schools who participate in the Aspire UC Program. More than 1,350 students from 26 schools have participated across six UC 4 Yourself days in 2013.