Prossie students leave science fair inspired
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.