Issue 10 - 7 November 2011 enews home

Experience inspires future scientists


By Leanne Coleman

Nightcliff Middle School students Connor Hendry and Ryan Gouch have discovered an interest in science

Nightcliff Middle School students Connor Hendry and Ryan Gouch have discovered an interest in science
More than 100 budding young scientists flocked to Charles Darwin University as part of the 2011 Science Experience, which promoted an innovative and interactive look at science, engineering and technology.

CDU Secondary School Liaison Trisha Mellow said the program was designed to provide students who have an interest in science, engineering or technology with an opportunity to improve their knowledge and engage in a wide range of activities alongside experts in their fields.

"The theme for this year's Science Experience was Health and the Environment, with students able to learn about ancient pharmacy recipes dating back 8000BC along with techniques for CO2 sequestration to help protect the environment," Ms Mellows said.

"Students toured the new NT Medical Program to learn about how students prepare to practise medicine in diverse locations as clinicians, researchers or administrators in the NT and CDU's new Exercise and Sports Science facilities helping athletes perform at their best."

Nightcliff Middle School students Connor Hendry and Ryan Gouch said the experience had been interesting, especially the aquaculture and pharmacy science activities.

"It has been great to learn about science in a practical way rather than just theory," Connor said. "The experience has really helped me find out about the different areas of science, especially the aquaculture area where they were looking after fish and yabbies."

The program is run annually in October for Year 9 students at Casuarina campus.