Session A

Session No.






Investigating Science

Doug Bail - Ciderhouse

Investigating Science is one of those great subjects that approaches science from a more realistic angle. Students have room to develop a real, practical hands-on approach to science investigation. For the school, and particularly science staff, it also provides challenges. How can we allow students scope while still being able to resource the subject. Doug Bail has been running projects on science investigation in class for more than 30 years, including at one stage 45 concurrent Year 12 projects! From both his own experience and that of the schools he now resources, this session has been developed to introduce resources that work, discuss management from a laboratory point of view and highlight how simple investigations can lead to big outcomes.

2 Exploring solar energy

Stuart Lewis - Scientrific

A STEM approach to exploring solar energies will see participants designing, making and testing a solar car to race against each other! Who can design and build the fastest machine? The approach used involves students conducting a scientific investigation to gather data on relevant variables to improve performance of the car. The results are incorporated into the design, development and testing of the vehicle creating an integrated STEM approach to learning. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct some investigation then design and build a solar car. The content fits well with Year 8 forms of energy and Year 9 energy transfer topics. CB10.03.460
3  Agarose gel Jeanette Tran

In biotechnology, agarose gel electrophoresis is the cornerstone DNA separation technique. More recently, exciting innovations in the use of agarose gel electrophoresis are now enabling students to also engage with and explore both native and denatured protein separations using the same equipment previously used for DNA separation. This has significant implications for the classroom. This ‘nuts and bolts’ hands-on workshop explores the fundamental concepts and principles of agarose gel electrophoresis and its basic application in DNA and protein separation, as well as introducing more advanced applications. Participants will be exposed to a range of cost effective equipment, from home-made through to cutting edge and learn how to:

  • Prepare, set up and manage classroom activities 
  • Prepare and run dye, DNA, RNA and protein samples
  • Visualise, record and analyse results
  • Troubleshoot 

The workshop is structured to allow continuous opportunities for discussion, to enable participants to explore the options that best address their needs. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to enable them to manage their students’ use of the technology in routine DNA and protein separations as well as for experimental investigations. Written resources are provided.

CB04.03.511, Lab 6
4 Physics instrument repair and tuning Bob Death Many simple repairs can be done to extend the life of Physics lab equipment. In this workshop, I will be going through the basics of repairing common physics equipment. Feel free to bring along your own equipment that you would like to know how to repair! CB10.03.470

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