Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) School of Science and Primary Industries will this week host the first Northern Territory Siemens Science Experience, the theme of which will be Environmental Forensics: ESI Darwin – Investigating internal and external environments.
The Siemens Science Experience is a national program offering year 9 school students about to enter year 10 a fun three-day program of science, offered on university campuses across Australia.
Head of the School for Science and Primary Industries, Professor Chris Austin, said this would be the first program offered in the Territory and highlighted CDU’s commitment to providing Territory school students the same opportunities as their fellow interstate students.
‘It is important for us, as a community university to research, identify and respond to the needs of our schools,’ he said. ‘Our aim is to ensure that all students across the Territory are provided with the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of discovery available through careers in science.
‘The Siemens Science Experience is specifically designed to provide year 9 students with a positive insight into a variety of science activities and “hands on” learning experiences.’
Local Director and Chair of the organising committee, CDU’s Dr Diane Pearson said the program specifically address the Territory’s skill shortage in this area.
‘We are all extremely excited to host the Siemens Science Experience and are hoping by designing a program that is stimulating and relevant it will inspire and enhance the learning of young Territorians, encouraging them to pursue a career within an identified skill shortage area,’ she said.
The program will commence at CDU’s Casuarina Campus on Tuesday June 19, 2007 at 8:45am and activities will continue over three days, concluding on Thursday June 21.