Introduction to Science Professions

Activity code: SCI-08
Year level: Tailored for 7-12
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School, University campus or Specialist Science Centre
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This presentation can be tailored to different Year levels for your Careers Day event.

Your students will gain insights into science profession careers and the presentation can include: 

  • Different branches of science and the scientists who study them
  • The role of science in society and how important science literacy is to the general public
  • An introduction to science after high school, including at university level and into the workplace
  • Frank accounts from scientists about their career ups and downs
  • Group activities with aspects of the Science Communicator workshop
  • A typical day in the life of a Uni Student or Scientist
  • First in family – why you should go for it!
  • Science networking skills
  • When you don’t get into the Uni course you want – don’t panic!

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

Y7-8

  • Science: SU (SHE Knowledge & Understanding (VCSSU089), Contemporary issues (VCSSU090)), SIS (Communicate ideas (VCSIS113)).

Y9-10

  • Science: SU (SHE Review by Scientific Community (VCSSU114), Science/ Technology (VCSSU115), Society/Scientific research (VCSSU116)), SIS (Knowledge of Scientific Concepts (VCSIS139) Communicate ideas (VCSIS140)).

VCE

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Psychology.

Encourage your students to check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. They can learn about the diversity of roles in the sciences profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Making it Happen
Duration: 45 mins
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 150
Min numbers: 20

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Science Experience (Multi-activity day)

Activity code: SCI-13
Year level: 7-10
Target audience: School groups
Venue: University campus, or Specialist Science Centre
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Activity Outcome

In this half-day session your students will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that will give them a new perspective on the science profession and many different fields within it.

Your students will take part in fun and challenging activities while learning about the many different science professions, so that they can seriously consider a career in science and start researching options for science studies at university. 

Workshop Options

Year 7,8: The workshop for Year 7 and 8 students will combine two activities from the Science and Food activity theme, and may also include the Introduction to Science Professions presentation. 

Year 9,10: The workshop for Year 9 and 10 students will combine two activities from the Science and Well-being or Science and Global Challenges activity themes, and may also include the Introduction to Science Professions presentation.

The workshops will take place on a University campus or Specialist Science Centres, where students will be introduced to different learning environments. 

For dates of scheduled events see "Upcoming events". Subscribe to our eNewsletter to get the latest information about LEAP activities. 

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 4hrs
How to participate: Date specific (see 'Upcoming events' below)
Max numbers: 50
Min numbers: 25

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Science and Food: Agronomist

Activity code: SCI-10
Year level: 7,8
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School, University campus or Specialist Science Centre - wet lab required
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Activity Outcome

Students will learn about the science behind our food. The workshop will investigate how a farmer knows when it's the perfect time to harvest their crop, and how fruit and vegetables arrive fresh to the market when they may have travelled thousands of kilometres.

Students will learn about the diversity of careers within the sciences professions, so that they can start considering and researching options for science-related studies at university.

Workshop

This activity explores the role of an agronomist. Students will be able to test fruit and vegetables for their sugar content and inform the growers which ones are suitable for harvest.

In this hands-on activity, your students can discover how science works to provide us with a ready supply of fresh fruit and vegetables.

This workshop can be combined with other Science and Food workshops as well as the Introduction to Science Professions presentation.  For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

Y7-8

  • Science: SU (SHE Solutions (VCSSU090), BIO Classification (VCSSU091), CHEM Mixtures (VCSSU095)), SIS (Plan & conduct (VCSIS108), Record and process (VCSIS110), Analyse and Evaluate (VCSIS112)).

Encourage your students to check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. They can learn about the diversity of roles in the sciences profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 1.25 hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with the school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 10

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Science and Well-being: Formulation Chemist

Activity code: SCI-07
Year level: 9,10
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School, University campus, or Specialist Science Centre - wet lab required
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Activity Outcome

Students will discover how science works to improve and maintain people's health and well-being. They will learn about how formulation chemists create products that are effective and affordable.

Students will also learn about the diversity of careers within the sciences professions, so that they can start considering and researching options for science-related studies at university.

Workshop

In this lab based chemistry activity, students will formulate and test sunscreen and learn about the active ingredient that protects our skin.

In this hands-on activity, your students will determine the best ratios of provided ingredients to formulate the most cost effective sunscreen that meets a specified standard.  

This workshop can be combined with other Science and Wellbeing and Science and Global Challenges workshops as well as the Introduction to Science Professions presentation. For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

Y9-10

  • Science: SU (SHE Science/Technology (VCSSU115), Needs of society (VCSSU116), BIO DNA (VCSSU119), CHEM Reactions (VCSSU125), PHYS Energy (VCSSU133), EARTH/SPACE Atmosphere (VCSSU128) Universe (VCSSU129)), SIS (Plan & conduct (VCSIS136), Record and process (VCSIS137), Analyse and Evaluate (VCSIS138));
  • Health and Physical Education: P,S&CH (Healthy,safe choices (VCHPEP145), C&IforH&W (Health Info (VCHPEP148)) CtoH&AC (Behaviour (VCHPEP151).

Encourage your students to check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. They can learn about the diversity of roles in the sciences profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 1.25hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 10

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Science and Food: Plant Pathologist

Activity code: SCI-11
Year level: 7,8
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School, University campus or Specialist Science Centre - wet lab required
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Activity Outcome

Students will learn about the science behind our food and what happens to food when it ‘goes bad’. They will be able to identify fungus and moulds and learn about how they interact with our food sources.

Students will learn about the diversity of careers within the sciences professions, so that they can start considering and researching options for science-related studies at university.

Workshop

This lab based activity explores the role of a plant pathologist. In this hands-on activity, your students will work with microscopes to identify different moulds that grow on food. They will then prepare their own microscope slide for viewing and identification.

Students will also test for the presence of endophyte fungus growing within pasture grass to determine whether it is a wild type or ‘designer’ organism.

This workshop can be combined with other Science and Food workshops as well as the Introduction to Science Professions presentation.  For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

Y7-8

  • Science: SU (SHE Solutions (VCSSU090), BIO Classification (VCSSU091), CHEM Mixtures(VCSSU095)), SIS (Plan & conduct (VCSIS108), Record and process (VCSIS110), Analyse and Evaluate (VCSIS112))

Encourage your students to check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. They can learn about the diversity of roles in the sciences profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 1.25 hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with the school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 10

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Science and Food: Food Technologist

Activity code: SCI-12
Year level: 7,8
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School, University campus or Specialist Science Centre - wet lab required
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Activity Outcome

Students will learn about how science works in the food industry to provide a ready supply of safe food products to market, and how food products are tested for safe consumption.

Students will learn about the diversity of careers within the sciences professions, so that they can start considering and researching options for science-related studies at university.

Workshop

This lab based activity explores the role of a Food Technologist. Students will be able to test processed food samples for bacterial contamination.

Your students will experience how food industry scientists test food samples using a number of different growth media that select for different bacteria (E. Coli, Salmonella and so on).  

This workshop can be combined with other Science and Food workshops as well as the Introduction to Science Professions presentation.  For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

Y7-8

  • Science: SU (SHE Solutions (VCSSU090), BIO Classification (VCSSU091), CHEM Mixtures(VCSSU095)), SIS (Plan & conduct (VCSIS108), Record and process (VCSIS110), Analyse and Evaluate (VCSIS112)).

Encourage your students to check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. They can learn about the diversity of roles in the sciences profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 1.25 hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with the school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 10

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Science and Global Challenges: Immunologist

Activity code: SCI-03
Year level: 9,10
Target audience: School groups
Venue: University campus, or Specialist Science Centre - wet lab required
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Activity Outcome

Students will learn about scientific methods used to combat the spread of disease through vaccinations, in a cost-effective way.

Students will also learn about the diversity of careers within the sciences professions, so that they can start considering and researching options for science-related studies at university.

Workshop

In this lab based microbiology activity, students explore how science is used in the development of new vaccines in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2015.

In this hands-on activity, your students will use modern laboratory equipment to apply one of the methods used to create a vaccine. Students will extract a mock Ebola protein and combine it with a bacterial RNA vector for rapid growth. The expected results and remaining vaccine production method will then be discussed.

This workshop can be combined with Science and Wellbeing workshops as well as the Introduction to Science Professions presentation. For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

Y9-10

  • Science: SU (SHE Needs of society (VCSSU116), BIO Internal systems (VCSSU117), SIS (Plan & conduct (VCSIS136), Record and process (VCSIS137), Analyse and Evaluate (VCSIS138));
  • Health and Physical Education: P,S&CH (Plan, rehearse & evaluate (VCHPEP144) Healthy,safe choices (VCHPEP145), C&IforH&W (Health Info (VCHPEP148)) CtoH&AC (Behaviour (VCHPEP151).

Encourage your students to check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. They can learn about the diversity of roles in the sciences profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 1.25 hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with the school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 10

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Science and Well-being: Pharmacologist

Activity code: SCI-09
Year level: 9,10
Target audience: School groups
Venue: University campus or Specialist Science Centre
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Activity Outcome

Students will discover how science works to improve and maintain people's health and well-being. They will learn how pharmacologists work in developing medicines and ensuring dosage is effective and safe for patients. 

Students will also learn about the diversity of careers within the sciences professions, so that they can start considering and researching options for science-related studies at university.

Workshop

In this lab based chemistry activity, students will explore the common laboratory methods used to determine the quantity of an active ingredient in pain medication.

Using the titration method, students will test samples of Aspirin for quality assurance purposes, as well as an unknown tablet that a patient has had a negative reaction to, experiencing pharmacology in action. 

This workshop can be combined with other Science and Wellbeing and Science and Global Challenges workshops as well as the Introduction to Science Professions presentation. For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

Y9-10

  • Science: SU (SHE Needs of society (VCSSU116), BIO Internal systems (VCSSU117), CHEM Reactions (VCSSU126)), SIS (Plan & conduct (VCSIS136), Record and process (VCSIS137), Analyse and Evaluate (VCSIS138));
  • Health and Physical Education: P,S&CH (Healthy,safe choices (VCHPEP145), C&IforH&W (Health Info (VCHPEP148)) CtoH&AC (Behaviour (VCHPEP151).

Encourage your students to check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. They can learn about the diversity of roles in the sciences profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 1.25 hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with the school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 10

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Next Step - Sciences Workshop

Activity code: SCI-05
Year level: 11, 12
Target audience: Individual students
Venue: University campus
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Which science course is right for me? What is university study like? Can I do it?

If you are in VCE, have a passion for science and are thinking about these questions and more, then this workshop is a must for you.

You’ll get to explore the science professions in depth and find answers to help you to make informed decisions about your next step - into university - as well as demystifying uni life.

Current university students will talk you through some of their own experiences and a leading university academic will showcase their courses.

Your questions answered...

You’ll hear all about:

  • entering university and the differences between secondary school and university study
  • what university life is really like; students’ own experiences in their study or their chosen field of work
  • relocating to attend university - hear from students who have made this transition
  • work placements in science courses – what are they like and how do you get one, and
  • the way universities are structured and how they work.
  • the different support services that are available for all university students
    the people and places on a campus that are there to help you

Life at university is not just about study:

  • See the diversity of exciting clubs and societies you can get involved with while you are studying at uni, and
  • Understand the range of resources available to make your journey through university exciting and rewarding, allowing you to perform at your best.

Attending this half day information session will help you to understand where university and a career in the Science professions can take you.

There will be so much advice and assistance in this half day workshop it's one not to be missed, whether you’ve made your decision about which career to pursue or are still considering your options.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

VCE

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Psychology.

Check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. Learn about the diversity of roles in the science profession, discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Making it Happen
Duration: 4 hrs
How to participate: Date specific (see 'Upcoming events' below)
Max numbers: 75
Min numbers: 20

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

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