Science experience broadening the minds of WA high school students

December 19, 2016

High school students enjoyed the Conocophillips Science Experience at Murdoch University. Photo: Matt Gredley

High school students enjoyed the Conocophillips Science Experience at Murdoch University. Photo: Matt Gredling

Forensic facial reconstructions, shooting tranquilizer darts and meeting world-leading researchers were all part of the fun as high school students from across WA got a taste of university science thanks to The ConocoPhillips Science Experience at Murdoch University.

During the four days camp regional and metropolitan year nine and ten students came to Murdoch’s Perth Campus for a mini University experience. Students met people with a passion for science, rubbed shoulders with medical and health science academics tackling real-world problems and explored a suite of great science activities.

Murdoch University Provost, Professor Andrew Taggart said the University was thrilled to once again partner with ConocoPhillips to give students from different backgrounds a taste of the adult learning environment at Murdoch, for they were best placed to drive the nation’s innovation agenda.

“Broadening the minds of WA high school students as they learn more about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects available to study –  and the possible careers in these fields – is vitally important,” Professor Taggart said.

“This program is industrious for the future jobs these students go into require skills in critical thinking, data analysis and managing data. It’s these skills of investigation that are all crucial to science and make these students well placed for the future.”

In addition to conducting experiments in high tech laboratories and experiencing lectures, the high school students attended sessions on career development opportunities. Students also got to indulge in the lighter side of student life at Murdoch including a BBQ, science quiz and an ‘Amazing Race’ around Australia’s largest urban university campus.

Todd Creeger, ConocoPhillips President Australia-West, said the objective of The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is to encourage students to study STEM subjects.

“We believes in supporting the communities where we live and work and are delighted to be associated with a program that aims to inspire students through hands-on science activities,” he said.

“Our hope is that students will go on to study engineering, geoscience or environmental science and consider a career in the energy industry.”

ConocoPhillips is one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas companies, employing 16,000 people in over 25 different countries and has three facilities in Australia.

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