Year 12 Students headed down to the University of New England for two days of lectures and practical workshops for a full University emersion experience. Students stayed on campus in the halls of residence. Students had access to the most amazing equipment and University level lectures. To give you an example: In one of the biology workshops, students used electrophoresis to DNA fingerprint four suspects at a murder scene. In another session, students investigate the cause for infection by collecting a sample of pus and investigating its response to catalase and gram stain. Armed with the knowledge of the bacteria properties they were able to select the most effective remedy by observing bacterial inhibition zones. In chemistry, students competed in the National titration competition and use an absorption spectrometer to analyse ppm of lead in paint.
It was a long drive but a great experience both socially and academically.