Uni gives science lessons

September 12, 2017

Kaylie Folwer and Meg Gordan enjoyed some hands-on science.

Andie Gibson and Melissa Mark program a robot.

Shepparton High School Year 10 students Cody Jones, Matthew Norton and Arielle Sutherland create their own shampoo.

High school students raced robots, made shampoo from scratch, went behind the psychology of lying and learned about internet technology this week.

The fun workshops are part of bio-medicine/zoology’s Outreach program, designed to build the aspirations of Year 10 students to pursue further studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This is the second year the program was hosted in Shepparton High School’s science rooms and up to 300 students took part in a workshop of their choice.

Shepparton schools from the Better Together Alliance took part in the workshops, along with Kyabram P-12 College and Berry St School.

‘‘Outreach is about getting students interested in STEM subjects with hands-on workshops away from the distorted view of the textbook,’’ Outreach education officer Anjali Sahasrabudhe said.

‘‘The workshops are designed to be contemporary and focus on current themes in science and engineering. Post-graduate La Trobe students, educators and academics run the workshops,’’ she said.

Shepparton High School Year 10 student Arielle Sutherland enjoyed taking part in the chemistry-based workshop, What’s in Shampoo, which demystifies the science and methodology of formulating shampoos and spoke about concepts such as pH and the physiology of hair and skin.

‘‘I thought it would be interesting because I want to study venom biology and get into the fields of bio-medicine/zoology and create anti-venoms and improve existing anti-venom formulas,’’ she said.

La Trobe educational partnerships officer Dani Gow said the program exposes students to what was available.

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