Issue 9
Monday, 19 June 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Year 11 student Ella Goss with CDU Engineering lecturer Dr Luis Herrera Diaz
Year 11 student Ella Goss with CDU Engineering lecturer Dr Luis Herrera Diaz

Hands-on science experience

By Ellie Turner

Budding young scientists have been given the opportunity to work under the guidance of senior academics at the Year 11 Science Excellence Experience at Casuarina Campus.

Eight high-achieving Northern Territory students sampled subjects including physiology, chemistry, ecology, engineering and microbiology during the two-day event.

Event co-ordinator Ally Pettifor said the event aimed to inspire students to pursue a future in the field of science. 

“It is a fantastic opportunity for talented students to get a hands-on experience and find out more about CDU’s exciting research and study opportunities,” Ms Pettifor said.

The students – from Kormilda College, The Essington School, Casuarina Senior College and St Philip’s College in Alice Springs – were nominated by their teachers.

Activities included blood typing, high performance liquid chromatography using caffeine, exploring hydraulics applications, and learning about the “value of knowledge to the economy” through the Kakadu plum story.

Year 11 Kormilda College student Ella Goss said she hoped to discover more about CDU’s Bachelor of Science degree.

“I’m interested in physics and aviation – this has been an enlightening experience,” she said.