High school students explore sciences at USQ

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A group of Year 9 and 10 students have done something a little different with their school holidays by attending the Science Experience program hosted by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

A team of students from Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Mt Gravatt, Millmerran, Dalby, Allora, Warialda and Oakey have been hard at work over the last two days, gaining valuable hands-on experience at a series of scientific and agricultural related classes and workshops.

The students have been involved in a range of activities including investigating forensics in a CSI-style mock murder scene; discussing and researching potential asteroid impacts on earth; exploring sensory science; looking at the condition of diabetes through a series of 3D interactions; chemically synthesising fluorescent dyes; taken a look at the logistics behind solar-powered cars; and have also played with and programmed robotics.

Students also visited the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) yesterday to undertake agricultural field work.

Executive Dean Professor Lyn Karstadt (Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences) said the annual event was always very well received by the students.

“The students are always really keen for the activities enough to even give up time out of their school holidays for it,” she said.

“We always get excellent feedback and the students really enjoy themselves.

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“We have an exciting array of interactive workshops while the DAFF will be giving the students a close look at the agriculture industry.”

The students heard from a variety of presenters from the University including biochemistry lecturer Dr Mark Lynch, Wine Science lecture Ursula Kennedy and Vice Chancellor Senior Research Fellow Dr Jonathon Horner.

(Source: University of Southern Queensland)

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Date Created: September 30, 2014 Date Modified: October 4, 2014