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The ConocoPhillips Science Experience: a nationwide STEM outreach program

By Peter Binks, BHERT


The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

A long-running STEM program supported by a major international energy firm and Rotary clubs, involving 35 Universities, is encouraging high school students across Australia to pursue science careers.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a Nationwide STEM outreach program established and managed by the Science Schools Foundation,an independent non-profit association of Rotarians, Young Scientists of Australia, educators and industry representatives based in Victoria. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide fun, interactive and educational 3 -4 day school holiday science programs for Year 9 and 10 students.

The program takes place across 35 universities and tertiary institutions. Participants perform experiments, meet and hear from senior lecturers and scientists, attend site visits and experience what the campus of a university or tertiary institution has to offer.

The aim of each program is to maintain and increase the interest of students in science and technology, encouraging students to continue studies in these areas at the upper secondary and tertiary levels.Between 2,000 and 2,600 students attend the program annually.The program has been in operation for 28 years and has provided over 65,000 students with a unique experience.

Each program conducted on a university campus or at a tertiary institution is organised by a Local Director, usually university based, with the assistance of a local organising committee. Members of the local organising committee include university staff, Rotarians, Young Scientists of Australia and teachers.

The naming rights sponsor of the program, ConocoPhillips, is a global oil and gas explorer and producer with more than 11,000 employees across 17 countries, including major operations in Australia.ConocoPhillips has supported the Science Experience for the last 6 years, providing funding and guest speakers, and opportunities for students to visit ConocoPhillips sites such as the company’s Darwin LNG and Australia Pacific LNG facilities.

A nationwide STEM outreach program

Kayleen Ewin, VP Sustainable Development, Communications & External Affairs at ConocoPhillips Australia-West said the company was delighted to be on board for its sixth year as naming rights sponsor.

“We’re very proud to support the Science Experience in the education of our future generation. We hope that by taking part in the program, students are encouraged to consider STEM at university and in their future careers, including opportunities within the energy industry.”

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The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a Nationwide STEM outreach program established, managed and conducted by the The Science Schools Foundation Incorporated, an independent non-profit association of educationalists, Rotarians and industrialists.

ConocoPhillips explores for and produces oil and gas around the world. They operate in 17 countries with more than 11,000 employees, including major operations in Australia.

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