Life is a gas for teachers

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Woodside laboratory shift lead Arron Piekarski (centre), with Karratha Senior High School science teachers Timothy Okonkwo and Jennifer Bagust.
Camera IconWoodside laboratory shift lead Arron Piekarski (centre), with Karratha Senior High School science teachers Timothy Okonkwo and Jennifer Bagust. Credit: Woodside/Picture: Woodside

Two science teachers from Karratha Senior High School were provided with a rare behind-the-scenes training opportunity at Woodside’s Karratha facilities as part of the Teacher in Industry Placement initiative.

The initiative aims to equip teachers with relevant and current industry knowledge by providing on-site experience which enables them to bring elements of industry into the classroom to enhance student learning.

During the two-day intensive program, teachers Timothy Okonkwo and Jennifer Bagust shadowed Woodside employees at Pluto LNG Plant and the Burrup Materials Facility.

They were provided with an overview of the LNG process and spent time in the central control room, the LNG train, the loading and shipping area, and the chemical laboratory.

Woodside surveillance engineer Narelle Dale, who hosted the two teachers, said it was great to be able to give them an insight.

“The training has provided an opportunity for teachers to bring real-life STEM concepts into the classroom to inspire the next generation of engineers and operators,” she said.

Mr Okonkwo said it was exciting to be able to weave industry into classroom learning.

“I now have a better understanding of how students can be prepared for a career in oil and gas,” he said.

Woodside plans to expand this program to teachers from St Luke’s High School next year.

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