Supporting our future scientists at Western Port Secondary College

Bright Future Grants support practical science lessons in the classroom and at home.
Scientists play a critical role at ExxonMobil Australia. We’re celebrating National Science Week because we know only too well the importance of inspiring future generations to think about maths and science as a career pathway.

Since 2009, ExxonMobil Australia, through our subsidiaries, Mobil and Esso, has been working to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists through our Bright Future Grants program.

Western Port Secondary College Principal, Chris Quinn recently shared how the school has used Bright Future Grants from Esso Australia to purchase technology and equipment to support senior biology lessons in which students learn how to analyse DNA.

“Earlier this term our Year 12 Biology students conducted Gel electrophoresis process to analyse DNA. This technique is used in the real world to solve crimes in forensic science and even in the current race for a COVID19 vaccine,” said Chris.

“Students also filmed the process so that Year 9 Forensic Science students, who are participating in remote learning due to COVID19, could share the experience.

“All of this was made possible thanks to Bright Future Grants from Esso Australia which enabled our students to have access to this high-tech biological equipment along with webcams to support our remote learning.”

Esso Australia’s Long Island Point Plant, which processes gas liquids and crude oil from Bass Strait prior to distribution to plants and refineries in Australia and overseas, is situated close to Western Port Secondary College on the Mornington Peninsula.

Long Island Point Plant Manager David McCord said that scientists and engineers are critical for addressing the challenges of 21st century life.

“That is why we invest in education programs that focus on inspiring kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“From medicine to energy development to computing and engineering, we are supporting the development of a passionate and highly skilled workforce that will help solve problems and create new opportunities into the future,” said David.

Each year, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools close to our Altona Refinery, Yarraville Terminal, Birkenhead Terminal, Longford Plants and Long Island Point Plant are invited to apply for a Bright Future Grant to support maths or science projects.

The grants support a broad range of maths and science resources and projects, from the purchase of new technology such as iPads, smartboard software and robotics kits, to funding outdoor programs to teach students about sustainability, such as a seagrass study at Jawbone Marine Sanctuary and a tree planting project.