Young NT students work with CDU scientists 

Students learn about sorting medicines (M&M chocolates) at CDU's ‘mock pharmacy’ as part of the 2012 Science Experience

Students from around the Northern Territory, including remote schools, and from neighbouring East Timor, will have the opportunity to discover science and its real life applications at Charles Darwin University’s 2012 Science Experience this week.

The annual three-day event encourages Year 9 students who are interested in science, engineering or technology to improve their knowledge and engage in a wide range of activities alongside experts in their fields.

CDU Secondary School Liaison Trisha Mellow said this year’s program included an introduction to engineering, science, sport, IT, health, medical and oil and gas professions. 

“Over three days the students visiting the campus will have the opportunity to see first-hand the study options available to them by attending hands-on laboratory practicals, seminars with leading scientists, and career/study pathway information sessions.

In its fifth year the program is going from strength to strength, with increased student participation each year.

CDU 2nd Year Allied Health Clinical Sciences student Venaska Cheliah attended the first Science Experience at CDU in 2007 and has volunteered to be MC the 2012 event.

“I was involved in the program when I was in year 9 and it helped me to decide what I wanted to do,” she said. “I had a fantastic time and think it is a really good learning experience for students.”

The 2012 Science Experience program starts today and will run to 25 October at Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus.