Students probe the mysteries of science
STUDENTS from Ipswich Grammar School used forensics to solve a murder, created edible slime, investigated invisible hazards in the workplace and discovered the mysteries of mathematics at The University of Queensland's (UQ) annual Experience Science program this week.
The 2014 Experience Science program gives students the chance to trial university life through innovative science workshops in disciplines ranging from cosmology to entomology.
This year the program conducted over six days has attracted 1500 students from 40 Queensland high schools to UQ's St Lucia and Gatton campuses.
At St Lucia the students 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.
Their counterparts attending the program at UQ's Gatton Campus discovered the importance of pollen in the fields of Forensics, Palaeontology, Archaeology, Ecology and Botany as well as becoming "vets for a day", exploring topographical anatomy and the structure of animals.
Associate dean (Academic) Associate Professor Kim Bryceson said the event was an excellent opportunity for high school students to experience the wide variety of sciences on offer at both campuses.
"The UQ and industry experts who facilitate our workshops demonstrate how science can be applied in everyday life, and across different industries," Associate Professor Bryceson said.
"UQ Science offers an impressive range of study areas through its programs, and the Experience Science event provides a perfect platform for students to ask questions and discover where their interests truly lie."