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Technology and the environment on agenda at ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Published:22 October 2018

About 90 Year 9 and 10 students participated in the ConocoPhillips Sceience Experience event at CQUni's Gladstone Marina Campus recently.

Eighty-seven students converged on CQUniversity Gladstone Marina campus recently for a ConocoPhillips Experience that adds fun to science and maths with hands-on activities.

The Year 9 and 10 students from the Gladstone region, Mackay and Brisbane attended the three-day event and discovered everything from fascinating technology to turtles.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience takes place in over 35 universities and tertiary institutions, within many different laboratories and lecture theatres.

Participants perform experiments in the laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers in the lecture theatres, attend site visits and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university or tertiary institution. More than 65 000 students have taken this rare opportunity, up to date.  

Senior Lecturer Education Dr Linda Pfeiffer said among other things, the participants tried their hands at virtual reality simulations, augmented reality, learned how to make catapults and examined seagrass.

They also visited the Ouion Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and conducted a beach clean-up.

Guests included BOP Industries, Epic Wall Printers and Redshaw Native Bees.

The program also provides information about further studies in science, technology and engineering. It highlights the wide range of careers that allow students to pursue their interest and abilities in the sciences.