Session D

Session No.






Cross Curricular STEM

Forensic science involves finding clues to solve a crime. But the analysis of each piece of evidence opens the door to teaching new techniques and principles of STEM. This workshop will take participants through practical techniques for performing forensic investigations including:

  • DNA and protein testing with agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Ink analysis through chromatography
  • Blood typing with immunological methods
  • Analysing powders for biological activity
  • Using data to determine characteristics of a suspect
  • Encryption using coding with python

Participants will receive teaching resources by email at the conclusion of the session.

2 Enzymes in action Southern Biological
Investigate the effect of temperature, pH, the presence of inhibitors, and concentration of reactants on a number of different enzymes
3 Getting comfortable with Physics Doug Bail - Ciderhouse

So, you have a PhD in Chemistry, can run a photosynthesis experiment while holding your breath - and the Physics teacher needs a hand setting up 20 investigations! Oh no!

You’re not alone! Many laboratory staff have had little exposure to Physics, particularly of the breadth included in the new senior science programs.

This session will focus on a few key areas - thermodynamics, motion, electromagnetic induction, video analysis - covering off on the set up, real versus theoretical data and more. Doug Bail has been teaching, writing and running teacher workshops ons secondary Physics for more than 30 years. That old adage that “If its Physics, it doesn’t work” just doesn’t apply. The session is intended to give you the fundamental skills and some useful experimental approaches to be able to point that Physics teacher in the right direction and assist with both standard practicals and potential detailed studies. Questions are welcomed as time allows and the session is intended to be flexible to meet the needs of attendees.


LEAN up your lab

Westlab Learn about aseptic technique, microbiology tips and tricks and antibiotic resistance testing utilising the Kirby Bauer Test CB10.03.460
5 Role of a chemical safety officer Laurence Wooding

Often Lab Techs are thrown into the role of Chemical Safety Officer (CSO) with no training on what this means. Being a CSO is certainly not an easy role and can be very high stakes. Having spent a lot of time researching and teaching myself the ins and outs of Chemical Safety within a school context, my aim is for everyone to feel confident in Chemical Safety and to leave the workshop having learnt something new.

I will be covering in this workshop the terminology; legal requirements in NSW; what you must absolutely do; along with simple ways to make the process easier and more manageable.

Please bring a notebook, a writing implement, any burning questions, and lots of energy!


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