CDU Discovery Day
On Friday 10 June, Year 10 students attended the Charles Darwin University (CDU) Discovery Day. It was a fabulous opportunity for students to observe first-hand the different teaching areas available at CDU. Students visited each teaching area and university professors and technical staff talked about the courses on offer. Nursing, Medical Science, Law, Arts, Architecture, Tour of Trades, Apprenticeships, Social Work, Humanitarian Studies, Education and more were covered.
Students found the Aquaculture section particularly fascinating. Turtles that are injured in the wild, or found sick, are brought to the water tanks at the CDU Aquaculture centre in order to be healed. In fact, there are no other places in the Northern Territory for sick turtles to go, apart from CDU.
Aquaculture students learn how to grow red-claw lobster, clams and barramundi. The students loved seeing the animals and were able to hold a lobster, baby turtles and feed the barramundi. Feeding the fish was particularly exciting because barramundi are lightning fast when going for their food and there is a shocking “WHOOSH” sound as the fish launches itself to the surface to grab the meat from someone’s fingers!
Thank you to CDU staff for providing this opportunity for our students.
Image 1:Students looking into one of the tanks of fish at CDU Aquaculture.
Image 2: This turtle was found in Darwin Harbour with a sore stomach and was unable to dive for her food.
Image 3: A clam grown in a tank at CDU Aquaculture.