Issue 18
Monday, 23 October 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Marrara Christian College pupil Zach Pietzsch prepares a worm for the microscope during the ConocoPhillips Science Experience. Photo: Julianne Osborne
Marrara Christian College pupil Zach Pietzsch prepares a worm for the microscope during the ConocoPhillips Science Experience. Photo: Julianne Osborne

Rare experience for young science-lovers

By Ellie Turner

Students resolved an ocean oil spill, discovered the inner-workings of worms and toured a major gas plant, as part of an experience giving them a glimpse into the world of science.

About 100 Year 9 students from 16 Northern Territory schools took part in the ConocoPhillips Science Experience at Casuarina campus recently.

CDU school liaison coordinator Trish Mellow said the young students were exposed to interactive and hands-on learning in science, engineering and IT. 

“This event introduces young Territorians to a range of science disciplines and helps them think about their careers,” she said. “It encourages them to study and work in the NT after high school.”

Marrara Christian College pupil Zach Pietzsch said he was considering a career in exercise and sports science.

“It is really interesting, particularly with the machines you use to measure what the body can do,” he said. “But all areas of science are good to learn about, even if you don’t use them for your job.”

More than 30 remote school students, from Katherine, Alice Springs, Batchelor and the Tiwi Islands, were among those who toured the Darwin LNG plant during the three-day event.