Issue 9
Monday, 02 November 2020
Charles Darwin University
Good Shepherd Lutheran College Year 9 students Madison Berry and Charlotte Radford at the ERGT demonstration
Good Shepherd Lutheran College Year 9 students Madison Berry and Charlotte Radford at the ERGT demonstration

Science Experience provides career inspiration

By Carl Pfeiffer

A demonstration from Emergency Response Group Training (ERGT) was among the highlights experienced by middle school students as part of Charles Darwin University’s 2020 Science Experience last week. 

More than 100 students from 16 schools throughout the Northern Territory took part in the three-day event at Casuarina Campus.  

CDU Secondary School Liaison and Learning Pathway Coordinator Trisha Kohlweg said the safety and emergency training was relevant to a range of industries including Oil and Gas, Maritime, Mining, Aviation, Industrial, Construction and the Defence Force. 

“Students had the opportunity to watch simulated practical training to gain a better understanding of the importance of workplace safety, incident response, safety leadership skills and knowledge,” she said. 

The ERGT simulation was a new addition to the experience this year and was one of 20 activities on offer for students. 

Other activities included learning about fire behaviour through 3D mapping, a virtual reality workshop and a bungie chicken exercise. 

The quirky bungie chicken activity involved students calculating how much bungie cord was needed to ensure a rubber chicken did not hit the ground when launched from a third-floor balcony. 

Good Shepherd Lutheran College Year 9 student Charlotte Radford said the overall experience provided the perfect opportunity for students to identify what they wanted to do once they had completed school. 

“It’s been great to have the opportunity to look at new jobs and career paths as part of this experience,” she said. 

“I’ve also enjoyed checking out the university campus and what it has to offer.” 

Ms Kohlweg said the event encompassed elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  

“Students need exceptional learning exposure to inspire them,” she said.  

“Year 9s are at that pivotal age where you need to engage them with STEM learning.”