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Regional students from the Pilbara across Year 7 to 12 will learn to build a prototype floating platform to help a community under threat from floods, as well as how to use enzymes to filter milk and much more as part of the 2022 Santos Science Experience.

Run by STEM Outreach at Curtin University and the School of Science at Edith Cowan University between Tuesday June 14 and Friday June 17, the program gives young scientists the opportunity to participate in engineering, digital technology, chemistry and environmental workshops.

The science activities are offered to all students in Roebourne District High School and to extension students at St Luke’s College and Karratha Senior High School.

STEM Outreach Coordinator Gina Pearse said: “The Santos Science Experience has been teaching children and young adults science for over 30 years. We’ve run it at Curtin for 25 years, but this is the first time we’ve delivered it in the Pilbara as a bespoke program for high-school students. Usually it’s run in metropolitan areas and regional students have to travel, so we’re excited to be running the program in the Pilbara and to be welcoming 300 junior scientists on board!”

ECU Science Engagement Coordinator Michelle Austin said: “We are thrilled to have been invited to deliver a new exciting program for students and teachers in regional WA, and look forward to building future collaborations with Santos and Curtin University.”

Each workshop provides participating students who have an interest in science with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities under the guidance of scientists. The program also offers information about further studies in science, technology and engineering, highlighting the wide range of careers that will allow students to pursue their interest and abilities in the world of science.

The science program is organised by the Science School Foundation. Program sponsors include Santos; the Australian Science Teachers Association; Rotary Districts of Australia and the Young Scientists of Australia.

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