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Marrara Christian College student Leah Beissel examines a freshwater redclaw crayfish during the ConocoPhillips Science Experience Marrara Christian College student Leah Beissel examines a freshwater redclaw crayfish during the ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Northern Territory high school students have explored the world of science during the annual ConocoPhillips Science Experience at Casuarina campus.

More than 100 secondary students from 12 schools across Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Jabiru were hands-on in a range of activities including lab experiments during the three-day event.

Students also attended workshops run by CDU staff in disciplines including psychology, information technology, engineering, pharmacy and environmental science. They also toured and learned about ConocoPhillips’ Darwin LNG plant.

CDU school liaison and learning pathway coordinator Trisha Mellow said the event aimed to help students discover their dream careers in science, engineering and technology industries. 

“The program is aimed at students at a time of their lives when a change in attitude towards education can really make a huge difference to them,” Ms Mellow said.

“Students are then given time to think about what study pathways they will need to take in order to attain their chosen career.”

ConocoPhillips was the major sponsor of the event, in association with the National Science Schools Foundation. The event was hosted by CDU’s Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment.

ConocoPhillips Darwin Operation Manager Filippo Meacci said the company was proud to be associated with a program inspiring NT students through hands-on science activities.