Over the course of four Monday afternoons this term, myself, Dominic Ruhle, Ellena Jimenez, Bakani Kombanie, Bray MacCartie and Elouise Tye attended a STEM connect program at the University of the Sunshine Coast. We took part in five different workshops, covering various aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
My favourite workshop was during the first week, where we learnt about instant testing. This was very hands-on as we undertook some experiments using chromatography to draw conclusions from our observed results. I really enjoyed learning about how this chemical technique works and what some of the real-world applications for it are. I found it very interesting that chromatography can be used to help detect diseases.
It was also great hearing about the various programs researchers at USC are currently working towards. At the moment, they are hoping to use this science to create an easy, instant test for Hendra virus (a deadly virus) in horses. Making use of instant testing means that the virus can be detected early on, enabling the patient to be treated quickly. By participating in this program, I learnt a lot about the various STEM subjects and how they play a big role in our everyday lives.
I had a great time and I am really grateful to have had this opportunity.
Madeleine Roulston (Year 10)