Students experience science

TOOGOOLAWAH State High School students tackled crime, new energy and the impact of flood at The University of Queensland's (UQ) Experience Science program.

The students made slime from cross-linked polymers, explored their brain's reaction times to visual stimuli, determined the efficiency of solar panels made out of blueberries and explored anatomical structures in a live human model through the latest in imaging software.

They applied modern mathematics to everyday life activities including how to pick the best numbers in Gold Lotto with probability theory and the best way to tie a neck tie using knot theory.

They also explored the techniques of biologists and forensic scientists from criminal investigations to solve a cattle duffing and evaluated the taste, smell and appearance of a newly developed food in a purpose built food sensory lab.

Evidence from a large flood event in Moreton Bay was also on show, and students used hands-on techniques in genetics, botany and zoology to discover how the flood impacted dugong populations and mosquito transmitted diseases.

An initiative of UQ's Faculty of Science, Experience Science highlights to senior school students a diverse range of science disciplines including chemistry, food sciences, marine science, maths, physiology, physics, biology, occupational health and safety science, scanning electron microscopy, anatomy, animal science, entomology and palaeontology.

More than 1100 senior school students from across the state will attended the UQ Experience Science which runs from July 13-19 to explore the wonder of science at university level.

Now in its eighth year, the 2011 program has attracted 32 high schools from as far as north as Proserpine.

Experience Science is held in July each year at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland.

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