Inspiring the Territory’s future scientists

Centralian Senior College students learnt about some of the exciting career opportunities in science, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture when they spent a day with Department of Primary Industry and Resources scientists.

Twenty-one year 10 students from Centralian Senior College toured Berrimah Farm and the Darwin Aquaculture Centre on Channel Island on Friday 18 August.

Now an annual event, the tour aimed to inspire the students to consider university study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The day started with a tour of the veterinary laboratory before the students split into groups to do a rice tasting, assess bananas for the Panama disease tropical race 4, and learn from an entomologist about different insects.

The afternoon sessions were all about fisheries and aquaculture. After hearing about a day in the life of a shark scientist, the students were shown some of the fisheries research the department undertakes in Berrimah.

At the Darwin Aquaculture Centre the students took part in fish and oyster algal purging, live feeds, broodstock husbandry and giant clam aquaculture.

The activities gave the Centralian students insight into some of the exciting jobs that can come from studying STEM, including studying livestock, fungus or bees, growing giant clams, and protecting the Territory’s fishing industry.

The visit coincided with National Science Week, Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology where events and activities are held across Australia to encourage an interest in science pursuits.

Centralian Senior College students learn how to diagnose banana disease
Centralian Senior College students learn how to diagnose banana disease