John Therry students learn advanced science techniques

Future is here: John Therry Catholic High School students show Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander advanced science techniques.
Future is here: John Therry Catholic High School students show Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander advanced science techniques.

John Therry Catholic High School students have been learning what it takes to develop medicines.

The school's science students were visited by Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander last week, so he could learn more about the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) program.

ABE is an in-class initiative providing materials and research-grade equipment to classrooms to help educate students about the concepts and techniques scientists use to discover and develop medicines.

John Therry head teacher of science Dr Aidan Johnson said the program was an excellent way to give students a new appreciation of how science influences their daily lives.

"I am always looking for new ways to embed real science experiences into the curriculum and this program does exactly that," he said.

"With Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) becoming increasingly important in the world around us, the more we can do to help our students develop knowledge and skills and discover interesting study and career paths, the better."

It's wonderful that healthcare companies like Amgen are committing themselves to supporting teachers and students in these subjects and helping inspire the scientists of tomorrow.

Dr Mike Freelander, Macarthur MP

Year 10 science students at John Therry are currently taking part in the program that has already reached more than 3000 students in New South Wales in its first three years.

Dr Freelander said it was a "great pleasure" to see students participating in evidence-based programs like the Amgen Biotech Experience.

"I commend all those involved for making it available in our local area," he said.

"As a paediatrician, a father of six and a member of Parliament, I'm passionate about giving kids the best possible start in life, particularly through healthcare and education.

"While governments are investing in improving STEM education, lifting student engagement and attainment is a massive task, so it's wonderful that healthcare companies like Amgen are committing themselves to supporting teachers and students in these subjects and helping inspire the scientists of tomorrow."