Monday, 19 November 2012

SMAF Year 11 Orientation Day
14 November 2012

90 students from Aberfoyle Park High School, Christies Beach High School, Eastern Fleurieu School, Hallett Cove School R-12, Mount Compass Area School, Wirreanda High School and Yankalilla Area School participated in a SMAF Orientation day at Flinders University.

The students rotated through a series of three workshops where they experienced a taste of Year 12 Chemistry, Physics and Specialist Mathematics activities. They also got to meet their SMAF teachers and received information about the courses.
A parent / caregiver session was also held later in the afternoon and this consisted of a tour of where the students will be studying next year, as well as a presentation by Liz Mead (Principal of Aberfoyle Park High School) and two ex-SMAF students, Clare Rowley and Jennie Bartle.

Students using projectile launchers during the Physics session
Using the projectile launcher 
Donna, one of the Physics teachers (she is wearing the pink hat!) working with the students

Chemistry teachers, Anthony and Naomi worked with students in the SMAF laboratory
 

Students were shown an series of experiments using liquid nitrogen


Students looked at the maths behind robotics during the Mathematics session

 
 

Brett Wilkinson (a Flinders Science Communications Officer) and Maurice (SMAF Specialist Maths teacher)  presented the maths session on robotics to the students
  

Students in the SILC Building as part of the Orientation Day 

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Guest Speaker for Physics: Associate Professor Jamie Quinton

The Year 12 Physics students were lucky enough to have Jamie Quinto present on 10 October on Nuclear Stability.
His insightful and well presented lecture described the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, as well outlining the advantages and disadvantages of both.
He used excellent visual models to describe the science, including if a hydrogen atom was scaled up to be the size of Australia then the nucleus would be one quarter of the size of Uluru.


Kristin Smith and Jamie Quinton

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Chemistry Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Stewart Walker

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Stewart has worked on design, development and application of advanced analytical techniques to solve problems in analytical, environmental, industrial, forensic and medical arenas.
He gave fascinating examples of how the detection of isotopes and molecules can help solve problems, including criminal cases through to how humans have impacted the Great Barrier Reef with mercury.

He explained how he is growing his hair as part of an experiment to show that chemicals trapped in hair can indicate which part of the world a person has been to. Everyday chemicals, including those in soap, drinking water and diet can be used to place the whereabouts of a person, down to the number of days they have spent in a particular location. Analysis of Stewart's hair a few years ago accurately showed that  he had travelled from Australia, to Norway for 10 days, then onto New Orleans for 5 days,  Prague for 10 days and then finally back to Australia. This sort of technology could be used to help identify corpses after natural disasters as well tracking the movement of people around the world.

Monday, 3 September 2012


Information Evening for Parents - Study skills and Applying for University

Information Evening for Parents on Thursday 20 September from 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Science Innovation Learning Centre (SILC) Building, Physical Sciences Road, Bedford Park, SA, 5042.  The night is designed to provide parents and families with helpful, practical tips on supporting students in years 10, 11, and 12 with a particular focus on providing support during end of year examinations and the application and selection process. The evening will also cover how to get the most out of an ATAR score, with emphasis on Science and Engineering courses.
The night will feature guest speakers covering a wide range of practical topics and refreshments and light snacks will be provided.  Places for this free evening are strictly limited and bookings are essential.  To reserve your place please visit: http://www.flinders.edu.au/events/show/event/science-engineering-parents-information-evening and complete the online application form or call 08 7221 8661.
We will also be holding a Lunch Time Session on Thursday 27 September  from  12.00pm-1.00pm at Flinders University Victoria Square, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA, 5000.  The lunch time session is designed to provide parents and families with helpful, practical tips on supporting students in years 10, 11, and 12 with a particular focus on providing support during end of year examinations and the application and selection process. We will also cover how to get the most out of an ATAR score, with emphasis on Science and Engineering courses.
The lunch time sessions will feature guest speakers covering a wide range of practical topics and refreshments and light snacks will be provided.  Places for this free event are strictly limited and bookings are essential.  To reserve your place please visit: http://www.flinders.edu.au/events/show/event/science-engineering-parents-information-lunch-time-session and complete the online application form or call 08 7221 8661.

We hope that you will be able to attend one of the sessions with your family.

If you are unable to attend and have any questions or require any further information please contact the Admissions/Prospective Students Office on 8201 3074 or email admissions@flinders.edu.au

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Physics Design Practical

Students yesterday designed and carried out an investigation that determined the relationship between the strength of the magnetic field around a current carrying solenoid and the distance from the solenoid.


























Prospective Student Advisors

All SMAF students will have an opportunity to speak with Chelsea Skene, a Prospective Student Advisor, to discuss their future study options in Week 7.  
Chelsea will be able to assist with information such as:
·      study options
·      entrance requirements and pathways
·      Flinders University bonus points 
·      important dates and deadlines
·      scholarships
·      summer break industry placement opportunities
 Chelsea Skene will be available in the Science Innovation Learning Centre (SILC) Centre from 12noon to 1pm Wednesday 29 August and Friday 31 August, 2012 to discuss your study options for 2013.

Alternatively, if students are unable to attend please contact Chelsea via email chelsea.skene@flinders.edu.au or phone 1300 657 671 to schedule an appointment or a personalised tour of the campus and accommodation facilities.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Chemistry Guest Speaker: Dr Taryn March 

Dr March spoke about her work with protein synthesis and how she is developing new and creative techniques to isolate these molecules.
She showed that a career in science can be fulfilling and exciting!



Specialist Maths Guest Speaker: Amelia Gontar
20 July
Amelia is currently completing Honours in the field of pure mathematics.
She talked about her undergraduate studies and how maths at university was easier in some ways than the Year 12 Specialist Maths course that she completed in 2008 (where she often would complain about the subject for its difficulties and challenges). But after persevering, she found that Specialist Maths can lead to many different study and career pathways. Amelia discussed how mathematicians can go through periods of self doubt in terms of their own mathematical abilities, but that persistence and seeking help help from others is the key to success.
And finally she talked about the pure joy and elation that can come from developing and finding mathematical proofs.

Maurice and Amelia

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Physics guest speaker: Natalya Schmerl
Natalya, who is a Research Higher Degree Student (PhD), gave a very interesting and informative talk about her pathway to solar cell research.
She highlighted to students that there are many different pathways into studies and careers in science, plus how nowadays all the science subjects tend to merge. For example, biologists often work closely with chemists, physicists and mathematicians to solve problems.

Jak, Donna and Natalya
  
Natalya explained how physics is needed to explore problems in biology

Natalya explains her current research into flexible solar cells




Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Year 12 Chemistry goes 'Bananas'

Summative practical task: Preparation of an Ester
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