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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?

image of DNA structureIf 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 be on hand to answer all your questions.

Activity

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.

Life at university is not just about study. The ‘Next Step’ workshop will also showcase

  • the different support services that are available for all university students
  • the people and places on a campus that are there to help you
  • the diversity of exciting clubs and societies you can get involved with while you are studying at uni, and
  • 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.

Whether you’ve made your decision about which career to pursue or are still considering your options this program will assist you in many ways. There will be so much advice and assistance in this half day workshop it's one not to be missed. So please come and join us for our Next Step Sciences Workshop, then make the Leap into Science.
 

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 10: 2, 6, 8, 9
Year 11: 1, 2, 4
Year 12: 3, 5

Curriculum links

The Victorian Curriculum 
Science

VCE: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Psychology.

Check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. 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

  • 6 April 2017 – Monash University, Clayton Campus - PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

Science and Well-being: make, take, real or fake?

Activity code: SCI-02
Year level: 9, 10
Target audience: School groups
Venue: Science Speciality Centre
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Are you a conscientious sun lover who likes looking after yourself? What is it in sunscreen that has proven links in reducing skin cancers?

Ever wondered about the medications we take and how they actually affect us? What is it inside that little pill that makes us recover from illness or reduces pain?

Can you believe it's for real when the latest miracle cure is announced?

In this half-day workshop your students will discover how science works to improve and maintain people's health and well-being, and about good science communication, while learning about the science profession and higher education.

Make, take, real or fake?

Your students will enjoy these three different-themed workshop activities:

  • explore how science is used in the formulation of protective sunscreens
  • see how pharmacology is used to work out the concentration of an active drug
  • learn, as a science journalist, the important art of effective communication. Using their skills, your students create catchy headlines, identify pseudoscience and record a sound bite for radio.

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. 

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 9: 4, 6
Year 10: 5, 6

Curriculum links

AusVELS

Year 9: SU (Chem, Physics), SHE (Use & influence, Nature & development),
SI (Plan & conduct, Process & analyse, Evaluate)
Year 10: SU (Chem, Phys), SHE (Use & influence, Nature & development),
SI (Plan & conduct, Process & analyse, Evaluate)

Check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. 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: 4.5hrs
How to participate: Date specific (see 'Upcoming events' below)
Max numbers: 60
Min numbers: 20

Upcoming events

Introduction to Science Professions

Activity code: SCI-08
Year level: 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.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 7: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9
Year 8: 3, 4, 5, 8
Year 9: 1, 4, 6, 7
Year 10: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8
VCE: 11.4, 11.5, 11.6, 12.2, 12.3, 12.6

Curriculum links

The Victorian Curriculum
Science

Year 7: tba
Year 8: tba
Year 9: tba
Year 10: tba
VCE: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Psychology. 

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

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

Science and Well-being: lotions, potions or promotions?

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

Are you a conscientious sun lover who likes looking after yourself? What is it in sunscreen that has proven links in reducing skin cancers?

Ever wondered about the medications we take and how they actually affect us? What is it inside that little pill that makes us recover from illness or reduces pain?

Can you believe it when the latest miracle cure is announced?

In this activity your students can discover how science works to improve and maintain people's health and well-being, or about good science communication, while learning about the science profession and higher education.

Workshop options - choose one of these activities *

This activity offers your choice of one of these workshops: 

  • lotions - explore how science is used in the formulation of protective sunscreens
  • potions - see how pharmacology is used to work out the concentration of an active drug
  • promotions - learn, as a science journalist, the important art of effective communication. Using their skills, your students create catchy headlines, identify pseudoscience and record a sound bite for radio.

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. 

* longer duration set-date events may be advertised as Science and Well-beingmake, take, real or fake? offering all three activities which students will rotate through. For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 9: 4, 6
Year 10: 5, 6

Curriculum links

AusVELS

Year 9: SU (Chem, Physics), SHE (Use & influence, Nature & development),
SI (Plan & conduct, Process & analyse, Evaluate)
Year 10: SU (Chem, Phys), SHE (Use & influence, Nature & development),
SI (Plan & conduct, Process & analyse, Evaluate)

Check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. 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: 1.5hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 50
Min numbers: 20
School Application

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

Science and Food: a la carte

Activity code: SCI-01
Year level: 7, 8
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School, University campus or Specialist Science Centre
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Do your students know about the science behind our food? How does a farmer know when it's the perfect time to harvest their crop? How are all the food products in our supermarkets given the stamp of approval that they are safe for consumption?

In this activity your students will have the opportunity to explore the science used in food production and processing, or science communication, while learning about the science profession and higher education.

A la carte menu *

The activity offers a choice of one of these workshops (subject to resource & venue availability). When applying, please indicate your choices in order of preference: 

  1. as a quality control officer, they will learn how a dairy processing plant tests batches of yoghurt to determine if they can be released to the public (lab setting preferable), OR
  2. as an agronomist, they will be able to test fruit and vegetables for their sugar content and inform the growers which ones are ripe for the picking  (lab setting preferable), OR
  3. as a science journalist they will learn the important art of effective communication; using their skills to create catchy headlines, identifying pseudoscience and recording a sound bite for radio.

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.

* longer duration set-date events may be advertised as Science and Food - set menu, offering all three activities which students will rotate through. For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 7: 2, 4, 6, 8
Year 8: 3, 5, 6 

Curriculum links

Year 7: SU (Chem, E&S), SHE (Use & influence), SI (Plan & conduct, Process data, Evaluate)
Year 8: SU (Biol), SHE (Use & influence), SI (Plan & conduct, Process data, Evaluate)

Check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. 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: 1.5 hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 20
School Application

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

Science and Food: set menu

Activity code: SCI-06
Year level: 7,8
Target audience: School groups
Venue: University campus or Specialist Science Centre
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 Activity

Do your students know about the science behind our food? How does a farmer know when it's the perfect time to harvest their crop? How are all the food products in our supermarkets given the stamp of approval that they are safe for consumption?

In this half-day activity your students will have the opportunity to explore the science used in food production and processing while learning about the science profession and higher education.

Set menu - Three workshops

This "triple treat" activity includes three workshops which your students will rotate through:

  • as a quality control officer, they will learn how a dairy processing plant tests batches of yoghurt to determine if they can be released to the public
  • as an agronomist, they will be able to test fruit and vegetables for their sugar content and inform the growers which ones are ripe for the picking
  • and as a science journalist they will learn the important art of effective communication; using their skills to create catchy headlines, identifying pseudoscience and recording a sound bite for radio

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.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 7: 2, 4, 6, 8
Year 8: 3, 5, 6 

Curriculum links

Year 7: SU (Chem, E&S), SHE (Use & influence), SI (Plan & conduct, Process data, Evaluate)
Year 8: SU (Biol), SHE (Use & influence), SI (Plan & conduct, Process data, Evaluate)

Check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. 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: 4.5hrs
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 60
Min numbers: 20

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

FARLabs: Online Laboratory Experiments

Activity code: Free activity (not event-based)
Year level: 9, 10, 11
Target audience: School groups (via online access to FARLabs Laboratory)
Venue: Remotely accessed from any school location
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image of FarLabs logo

About this activity

FARLabs is an initiative of La Trobe University working with James Cook University, Curtin University, Quantum Victoria, the Australian Institute of Physics, and the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative. 

FARLabs currently provides access to these resources free of charge to schools.

To learn more about FARLabs contact:

Paraschos Atsikidis – Teacher Liaison Officer. E: p.atsikidis | at | latrobe.edu.au, or via the FARLabs website.

Activity description

FARLabs (Freely Accessible Remote Laboratories) is a project that brings the state-of-the-art facilities and world-class research of Australia’s universities directly into schools to engage high-school students with science and maths.

Perfect for high school students, these free activities are adaptable for different ages. FARLabs gives schools access to some of those practical activities unable to be conducted in a school environment. 

Experiments

Two experiments are being promoted to schools, based around the theme of Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity:

Experiment 1 - Turntable (Y9-11) - Radiation comes in different forms alpha, beta and gamma. These are used in many different ways including in medical diagnosis, smoke alarms and eliminating disease in food. In this remote laboratory experiment you will investigate the penetrating power of these different types of radiation, using real samples of radioactive elements called Americium, Strontium and Cobalt. A Geiger counter is used to measure the radiation coming from four different radioactive sources, which can be selected by rotating a turntable. A second turntable can be used to place four different types of absorbers between the radioactive source and the detector, to see how they vary in output.

Experiment 2 - Inverse-square (Y9-11) - How close can you get to a nuclear accident? The further you are away from a radioactive source, the better! This experiment demonstrates how the amount of radiation decreases with increasing distance from the source. A Geiger counter is used to measure the radiation coming from a real radiation source at a distance selected by you.

How to book sessions with FarLabs?

  1. Teachers first need to visit the FARLabs website www.farlabs.edu.au to register.
  2. Once registered, teachers have access to the FARLabs online resources and may book FARLabs Laboratory time, to remotely control the equipment and conduct the activities.

Curriculum links

FARLabs activities fit the e5 model for delivery as well as specific curriculum areas.

Information Year 9/10

  • All matter is made of atoms which are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons; natural radioactivity arises from the decay of nuclei in atoms (ACSSU177).

Information Year 11

  • Explain why some atomic nuclei are stable and others are not.
  • Describe the radioactive decay of unstable nuclei in terms of half-life.
  • Describe the detection and penetrating properties of α, β and γ radiation.
  • Describe the effects of α, β and γ radiation on humans.
  • Describe the effects of ionising radiation on living things and the environment.
  • Describe the risks for living things and/or the environment associated with the use of nuclear reactions and radioactivity.

NOTE: No events will be listed as this is remotely accessed via an external provider.

Check out more information on this website about the sciences professions. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding Professions, Making it Happen
Duration: 1.5hr (Turntable) 1.5hr (Inverse-square)
How to participate: Schools register and book access time via www.farlabs.edu.au
Max numbers: 50
Min numbers: 25

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