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2017 Conocophillips Science Experience


2017 CONOCOPHILLIPS Science Experience 

Scintillating Science! 
Before the school year had even begun, five enthusiastic and promising year 10 students volunteered their time to extend their educational experiences by attending the 2017 ConocoPhillips Science Experience in Brisbane. ‘Hard work really does pay off when you’re offered to take part in an experience like this,’ exclaimed Brooke Assman excitedly. 
Our students ‘boarded’ at St Leo’s campus while they attended three of the largest universities in Queensland – QUT, UQ and Griffith-Nathan – for a true university experience. They toured scientific facilities, attended lectures and, more importantly, participated in hands-on workshops all science based. Activities included examining stem cells with electron microscopes, working with lasers and soldering miniscule electronic parts to expand their knowledge of electronics. While the thought of physics may be boring and the laboratory was actually positioned in the basement, seeing super-awesome scientific equipment catch and study electrons using super-cooled helium at a temperature of minus 300 Kelvin was brilliant. Ysabelle Glori stated, ‘Being able to take part in the ConocoPhillips Experience is life-changing.’ The students were all excited to have been part of the whole experience and most commented that while they thought they knew where science could take them, they were now even wiser as to the variety of career pathways available in science. All came back with an excited demeanour and a new passionate drive to pursue careers in the science fields. Supervising teacher, Ms Karen Rusten, commented that all students were on their best behaviour, were enthusiastic and made her experience a very pleasant one that she would gladly undertake again.