The Science Experience

The ConocoPhillips Australia  Science Experience is a national program that encourages students in Years 9 to consider science, engineering and technology as interesting and worthwhile subject and career choices.

The programs are essentially 3 days of hands-on science fun and activities in laboratories, short interactive lectures in lecture theatres from prominent scientists such as Dr Fiona Wood (2005 Australian of the Year) and the Sleekest Geek himself, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and most programs include a visit to a local research / industry site. Each program provides information on possible careers and future study opportunities.

Almost 3,000 places are available and conducted in approximately 36 university campuses and tertiary institutions throughout Australia each year including Hobart, Burnie  and Launceston.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience continues to have the support and encouragement from the national and state Science Teachers Associations, the Young Scientists of Australia and the participating universities and tertiary institutions.

Application forms are sent to schools in May of each year. Student application forms [along with a letter of support from the school] are forwarded to their local Rotary Club. Youth Directors are encouraged to contact their local High Schools to ensure students are aware of Rotary’s involvement and particularly that, although Rotary sponsored students have preference, places fill very quickly. Information packs will be sent to clubs in late April, early May.

This is a non-residential program but assistance can be offered in special situations of extended travel through the utilization of university college accommodation in mainland states.

University of Tasmania, Hobart

Program Dates:  11-13 December 2017

Apply before

Learn about Tasmania’s wildlife, create your own chemicals, be forensic scientist, solve engineering challenges, examine minerals and soils, study earthquakes, and visit the UTAS
Radio telescope Facility and Medical Sciences Precinct.

University of Tasmania at Cradle Coast

Program Dates  : on 29 November – 1 December 2017

Best Apply Before

Come along to the Cradle Coast campus for heaps of hands-on activities in chemistry,environmental science, agriculture, engineering and health, as well as go on excursions and hear from researchers who are experts in their field.

University of Tasmania at Launceston

Program Dates:5-7 December 2017

Work in the chemistry lab to create plastics and the ever popular “slime”, test out your eyewitness memory, discover the latest advances in virtual reality, learn about human physiology, investigate fish anatomy, and go behind the scenes at the Australian Maritime College and School of Architecture & Design.


The full fee to register and attend a program is $120 (includes GST) for 3 day programs


As this is a program supported and promoted by Rotary International since its beginnings in 1990, most Rotary clubs are willing to sponsor one or more students for full or part of the registration fee.

If you wish to seek sponsorship from a Rotary club you need to send your completed application form to a local club for consideration. You should normally allow the club about three to six weeks to consider your application before checking with the Rotary club whether sponsorship has been provided. For contact details of your local Rotary check here or ring 03 6229 9830

Information about Tasmanian 2017 is on the website below  

Make an on line application here – online application

Print an application form here 

 Note that Rotary sponsored students are given priority when placements are allocated; – a standby list is operated once the schools become full, but there is no guarantee these students will get a place;

Contact PP Liz Bulman [Youngtown]

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