Issue 8
Monday, 01 October 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Tryphina Reu, Faiza Choudhury and Dr Martin Boland extract caffeine in a workshop
Tryphina Reu, Faiza Choudhury and Dr Martin Boland extract caffeine in a workshop

School students put CDU under microscope

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

CDU was placed under the microscope when Territory high school students took part in the annual Year 11 Science Excellence Experience.

From Alice Springs to Nhulunbuy, top high school students converged on Casuarina campus recently to learn more from the colleges of Engineering IT and Environment, and Health and Human Sciences.

Medicine, engineering, psychology and environment sciences were some of the areas under the spotlight, with the teenagers taking part in workshops and meeting lecturers and students.

Senior Lecturer in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Dr Martin Boland said it was a great opportunity to showcase science to younger minds.

“It doesn’t matter what your age or background is, science often draws people together in wonder and knowledge,” he said. “These students are passionate about science and our next generation of undergraduates.”

Mini workshops included the university’s 3D printer, quantitative analysis of caffeine and the DNA digest of plasmids.