Prossie stu­dents leave science fair in­spired

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROSER­PINE State High School stu­dents swapped their green and gold uni­forms for white science coats at The Univer­sity of Queens­land’s (UQ) an­nual Ex­pe­ri­ence Science pro­gram last month.

A to­tal of 23 science en­thu­si­asts vis­ited the univer­sity as part of the school’s an­nual science trip where they also vis­ited Sir Thomas Bris­bane Plan­e­tar­ium, the Queens­land Mu­seum and at­tended a ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion ex­hi­bi­tion.

The three-day trip was open to grade 10 and 11 stu­dents who showed a gen­uine in­ter­est in science. The Univer­sity of Queens­land’s 2014 Ex­pe­ri­ence Science pro­gram gave stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to trial univer­sity life through in­no­va­tive science work­shops in dis­ci­plines rang­ing from cos­mol­ogy to en­to­mol­ogy.

The pro­gram was con­ducted over six days and at­tracted 1500 stu­dents from 40 Queens­land high schools to UQ’s St Lu­cia and Gat­ton cam­puses.

The Proser­pine State High School stu­dents at­tended St Lu­cia cam­pus where they made slime from cross-linked poly­mers, ex­am­ined foren­sic ev­i­dence to de­ter­mine the iden­tity of a killer, in­ves­ti­gated some of the po­ten­tial haz­ards that kill peo­ple in work­places and viewed pho­to­chem­i­cal re­ac­tions.

Proser­pine State High School teach­ers An­drew Jol­ley and Eve Korob­lit­sas over­saw the trip and have no doubt that the group con­tained po­ten­tial fu­ture sci­en­tists.

“It was a sen­sa­tional trip, the stu­dents loved the work­shops at UQ and were re­ally en­gaged and in­ter­ested.”

“It’s great for them [the stu­dents] to at­tend a univer­sity that is 10 times the pop­u­la­tion of their town,” Mr Jol­ley said. Mr Jol­ley be­lieved the stu­dents re­turned in­spired and ea­ger to con­tinue study­ing sci­ence­based sub­jects.

Proser­pine State High School stu­dents Corey Smith and Tim Mac­don­ald be­come science sleuths at Univer­sity of Queens­land ex­pe­ri­ence science pro­gram.

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