Engaging Experiences in Science – Conoco Day 1


Port Lincoln High School was recently invited to attend the ConocoPhillips Science Experience at Flinders University in Adelaide. Twenty-two students from Years 9 and 10 were selected to take part in the trip spanning over three days. During the event, students experience the sciences in all of their breadth, discover firsthand how a university works and meet staff and current students who all get a real kick out of science; they also have the opportunity to make new friends with other participants from around South Australia.

Day 1 saw students taking part in engineering- and IT-based workshops at the Tonsley campus. Participants attended a morning lecture presented by Dr Anna Shillabeer about the career pathways made possible via a computer science/IT degree. Students then had the opportunity to take part in designing a hydroelectric turbine and testing the effectiveness of their creation in the University’s flow tank. It was great to observe our students working positively with each other to design a water wheel and then to solve problems related to their prototype.

After lunch, students participated in a game development challenge; after looking through the eyes of virtual reality, they had the opportunity to develop and modify a game using Unreal Engine.

The next two days will be located at the Bedford Park campus; we look forward to experience several more exciting workshops! More to come…

~ Mr Stewart Calder and Ms Lucy Legge (Accompanying Teachers)

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