Students are able to choose two (2) different activities from the below list for Session 1 and Session 2.
(For example: Session 1 - 3D Printing and Session 2 - Engineering - Civil).
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.
DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is a chemical that forms the ‘instruction manual’ for the cells of all organisms. In this activity, we will be examining where DNA is stored in the cell and participants will get hands-on experience isolating DNA from cells.
Engineering - Civil
Why friction is important in Civil and Mining Engineering
This hands-on activity group activity will have each person in the group will do two measurements, one with dry sand and one with wet sand. They will measure/calculate internal dry and wet friction of sand (to understand the impacts and importance of their differences - why, how, consequences?). A group measurement will be made by taking averages of all the individual measurements in each group and a table will be drawn on the whiteboard representing results of all groups. Discussions will be had regarding the averages, standard deviations and coefficient of variations and group measurement reliability and what they mean as well as the application of using the sand in various civil engineering applications.
Engineering - Construction
Earthquake proof buildings: The Shake Table
Build your own earthquake proof building and test them on site.
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.
Robotics in Bionic Control
Students will learn about the various sub-systems of robotics and how these can be combined to create automated solutions. Explore how to design and create electronics through prototyping circuits and integrating easy-to-create, affordable sensors for bionic control. Get hands-on in robotics and learn how these technologies can be implemented inside and outside the classroom.
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.
Learn about the unique skills that you will develop as a Nurse
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.
Download the list of sessions (PDF 72KB).