A Science Discovery Day was developed between SIPP and CSIRO in May and was held at Lansdown Research Centre, just west of Townsville.
High school students from both the Townsville and Charters Towers participated.
The day consisted of the students attending a range of presentations including; cattle duffing, electronics and IT in managing cattle, estimating biomass, gauging methane emissions from cattle using lasers, understanding the digestive tract, and the use of algae as a food.
The students rotated through the sessions and were encouraged to get hands-on where possible. This included the opportunity to work through a cattle duffing crime scene where they use DNA testing and other forensic methods to determine who had stolen the cattle.
The overwhelming feedback from the students was that the day was engaging and interesting and that they would have liked it to be longer. More than a third of students said they are planning a career in science and a third said they might consider a career in science.