Students are to choose two (2) activities from the below list. All activities will be repeated in session two between 12.30pm - 2.00pm.
3D Printing Futures
Learn the basics of 3D Printing, explore applications in biomedical and open source projects. Learn how to source models for 3D printing and how to do 3D scanning at home. Touch and feel exotic samples and learn how to finish 3D prints with painting and hydrodipping techniques.
Mitigating the climate change impacts on agriculture
Become an agricultural scientist and use advanced computational simulation platforms to develop strategies that will minimise the impact of climate change on agricultural production.
The dark side of the Sun
The Sun is our closest star and provides the Earth with warmth and energy that we need to survive. However, the Sun has a dark side. Providing the weather is clear, students will be observing the Sun through a special solar telescope to view the indicators of the Sun's activity. This activity can produce high energy winds that can hit the Earth's atmosphere and effect our way of life in these days of technology. If weather is not clear, students will look at what a spectrograph does and a live link to an operating observatory.
Students will have fun learning about DNA Extraction utilising USQ's state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
Engineering - Civil
Why friction is important in Civil and Mining Engineering
Abstract to be added shortly
Engineering - Construction
Earthquake proof buildings: The Shake Table
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Getting gunk out of your water
Where does the water you drink come from? How does it get treated? Students will have hands-on experience on how murky water flowing in the rivers can be cleaned to make it potable. Students will also learn more on the emerging contaminants of concern and how we can help improve the water quality.
Make it Flow - Designing space age food
3D printing of food provides a way to produce novel structures and textures of food, however part of the technical challenge is designing a food that can both flow through the printer and ‘set’ quickly once printed. This session will focus on how to make fruit and vegetable purees printable.
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Fridges, cars cooling computers and most forms of renewable energy work by controlling how liquids and gases flow and transfer energy. Experience some of the principles used to engineer these devices.
Medical Laboratory Science
Human blood cells up close and personal
In this activity, students will have a taste of what it's like to be a medical laboratory scientist examining blood cells under a microscope. Students will learn to recognise normal cells and some not so normal cells like target cells, tear-drop cells and natural killer cells as they try to figure out what it is that is making their patient sick.
Solar Cars /or/ the alternative activity: Detecting Invisible electromagnetic radiation
Can you build and drive a car that only runs on solar power? Come along and find out! However, should the weather be overcast, we will hold an alternative activity: Two different activities will be run sequentially in the one session, exploring different types of invisible radiation. Students will explore UV radiation and sunscreen protection in the first activity, and will explore different ways to detect and understand electromagnetic fields using plasma globes.
Psychology and Counselling
Using psychology to enhance your life: Explore your Values and meet your Discoverer, Noticer, and Advisor (DNA-V)
This session will introduce students to a psychological model of growth and change (DNA-V) that was developed specifically for teens. Students will learn how the science of psychology can be applied in their everyday lives. There will be opportunities for students to practice several skills from the DNA-V model.
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