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Students have fun with science

By Louise Errington

From left: Marianna Diamandopolous (Darwin Middle School), Yiting Lang (Darwin Middle School), Rebecca Dezylva (St John’s College), Franjesca Cercarvelli (Darwin Middle School) and Jason O’Brien (O’Loughlin Catholic College)  at the 2013 ConocoPhillips Science Experience From left: Marianna Diamandopolous (Darwin Middle School), Yiting Lang (Darwin Middle School), Rebecca Dezylva (St John’s College), Franjesca Cercarvelli (Darwin Middle School) and Jason O’Brien (O’Loughlin Catholic College) at the 2013 ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Middle school students from around the Northern Territory converged on Casuarina campus recently to participate in a three-day science program.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience saw 100 Year 9 students from the Top End including Arnhem Land take part in hands-on laboratory-based activities, workshops and excursions designed to inspire them towards a career in science.

The students took part in interactive activities alongside CDU staff from the disciplines of medical science, information and technology, engineering, pharmacy, sports science, biodiversity, aquaculture and horticulture.

A highlight of the program was a visit to the ConocoPhillips Darwin LNG plant, where students learnt about the technology and processes involved in operating a major energy facility.

The event was made possible through the support of major sponsor ConocoPhillips, in association with the Science Schools Foundation and was supported by the CDU Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment, and hosted by the School of Environment.