Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Professor Joe Shapter speaks to SMAF Chemistry students

Joe Shapter is the Dean of School in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, and he presented a special workshop to the SMAF Chemistry students this week. 

Joe has a passion for teaching and this was evident when he gave a very informative and highly engaging presentation about environmental chemistry.

He initially asked the students to list the top ten problems facing the world and then showed how these were inter-related. Joe discussed some of his research into solar cell development and carbon nanotubes and how these could be used as part of the solution to some of the major issues facing the world today. The students asked lots of very thoughtful and sophisticated questions.





Thursday, 12 February 2015

SMAF Year 10 Taster Day

Students participated in a series of science and mathematics workshops and were able to hear from leading scientists who discussed their work.

Professor Warren Lawrance, the Executive Dean of the Science and Engineering, opened the day and outlined the benefits of participating in the SMAF program.




 Professor John Arkwright followed with an interesting presentation on fibre optics, as well talking about his pathway into engineering.





The last part of his presentation showcased his research into how optical fibre cables can be used to help diagnose gastrointestinal tract problems. 



Professor Jamie Quinton spoke to students about how studying science and mathematics can lead to a fascinating career, and help solve some of the major problems facing the world today.







Students then attended different STEM workshops:

Real CSI with Dr Shane Tobe (Vice Chancellor's Post-doctoral Fellow )





Shane with Lisa and Shanynn
Carey Burke showed how a knowledge of skeletons can help preserve wildlife with a fascinating palaeontology talk.





Vanya Bosiocic, a Science Communication Officer, presented a workshop on the behaviour of gasses.







Marissa Milne, a Science Communication Officer show students about the nature of circuits.




Marissa and Zoe


Nathan O'Brien, also a Science Communication Officer, showed students how to generate electricity.






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