Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Joe Shapter speaks to the Chemistry students

Joe Shapter is the Head of Faculty 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, 23 February 2017

Year 10 Taster Day

This day is designed to give Year 10 students a taste of a range of science, engineering and mathematics workshops.

The students were lucky enough to hear presentations from ProfessorJohn Beynon (Executive Dean, Faculty of Science & Engineering), Professor Martin Westwell (Strategic Professor, Flinders Centre for Sc Edu in the 21st Century) and Doctor Sherry Randhawa (Director of Study (Course Coordinator) School of Computer Sc, Engineering & Mathematics).

John and Martin


Students also attended a range of workshops, including:
Zombie Maths
How long would you survive in a zombie apocalypse? Give your legs a work out with our game of zombie tag, then exercise your brain as we derive mathematical formulas to fit our data and make predictions about the speed of the world’s demise.

Cooling Gases
Chemistry and Physics combine in a fascinating show about states of matter.  Students are shown some of the more exciting aspects of this using liquid nitrogen.

Analytical Chemistry
Explore ideas on polarity (we all know oil and water don’t mix, but why?), then apply this knowledge to separating the components from two different mixtures. Separate the components in Kool-Aid and the insides of a glow stick to discover what they are made up of!

Animal Adaptations

Learn about evolution and how natural selection resulted in adaptations that have allowed animals to exist in a range of environments. Students will get to observe animals and analyse what adaptations allowed them to survive and be competitive.

Palaeontology - Looking at how skulls and bones can help explain features of animals.  h


Cluster Map