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Second annual Conoco Phillips Science Experience inspires young minds

Published:13 October 2017

More than 60 Gladstone region high school students attended the ConocoPhillips Science Experience at CQUniversity's Gladstone Marina campus recently.

High schoolers from across Queensland have had their eyes - and minds - opened to the wonders of science and technology at the second annual ConocoPhillips Science Experience, hosted at CQUniversity Gladstone this week.

More than 60 Year 9 and 10 students from the Gladstone region, Clermont, Prospect and as far south as Brisbane attended the three-day event, which was held at the Gladstone Marina Campus and Quoin Island.

Event Coordinator and CQUni Senior Education Academic Dr Linda Pfeiffer said the students heard from 12 different presenters on various science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics and also engaged in lot of hands-on activities.

"The students did water testing with Harbour Watch, operated mini drones, and learned about seagrass research and turtle rehabilitiation on Quoin Island," Dr Pfeiffer said.

"The event is part of the STEM program at CQUni, putting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a local context.

"It's about CQUni utitlising its unique industry partnerships with companies like Australian Pacific LNG ConocoPhillips to help foster an understanding about STEM with young people."

The event also culminated in the announcement that Australia Pacific LNG will provide $550,000 in funding to the University to develop a state-of-the-art Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) hub at the Gladstone Marina campus.

"The facility will be a learning facility for all, with six booths, including coding both, a chemistry booth, one for maths, a dark room, an electrical booth and one for drones," Dr Pfeiffer said.

"It'll be used by teachers for professional development, schools and early childhood centres. 

"It's about CQUni working with everyone in the industry network to deliver quality STEM education to regional Queensland.

The facility is expected to be opened in mid-2018.