Issue 8
Monday, 05 October 2020
Charles Darwin University
PhD student Gavin Trewella with primary school students Rhys and Cooper Lubke
PhD student Gavin Trewella with primary school students Rhys and Cooper Lubke

School kids learn from PhD students in interactive workshops

By Carl Pfeiffer

Endangered species, animal management and DNA were topics of interest for a group of primary school children who attended a series of interactive scientific workshops run by CDU PhD students. 

The Children's University Inspired NT STEM Workshop was held as part of the Children University Charles Darwin (CUCD) and featured four workshops of hands-on activities focusing on environmental science. 

The workshops explored concepts such as e-DNA, wild pig management, and endangered birds and mammals. 

Aspire Program and Children's University coordinator Josh Barnes said the PhD students adapted their research to create interactive workshops aimed at primary school children. 

“It was an exciting opportunity for primary school students to experience the research of university students,” he said.  

“It’s a brilliant match for the Children’s University that aims to playfully expose young people to possible futures. 

In the workshops researchers provided an explanation of their PhD project and engaged with students to take part in a hands-on activity related to their field. 

Around 40 students from Ludmilla and Manunda Terrace primary schools took part in the program.  

Mr Barnes said he was impressed by the amount of interest shown by PhD students to be involved in the workshops.