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Nanango State High School’s Joshua Feakins, Danika DeWeers and Bella Schilf were exploring science at the University of Queensland’s Experience Science program (Photo: UQ)

July 16, 2019

Students from Nanango State High School solved a “crime” using forensic science at the University of Queensland’s (UQ) free Experience Science program recently.

They also used astrophysics to identify habitable planets …

During July, about 1000 high school students in Years 10-12 trialled university life for a day through hands-on science workshops in disciplines ranging from quantum physics to entomology.

Students discovered how soil science could feed the world and used forensic clues – such as hair fragments, footprints and bite marks – to solve the murder of “celebrity sheep” Justin Baa-Baa.

They also embraced astrophysics in a model search for a new home planet, put their bodies to the test in an effort to learn about biomedical science, and conducted hands-on experiments to understand the chemical make-up of fruit and vegetables.

UQ Faculty of Science Executive Dean Prof Melissa Brown said the event was an excellent opportunity for high school students to experience the wide variety of sciences on offer at the St Lucia campus.

“UQ and industry experts who facilitate our workshops demonstrated how science can be applied in everyday life, and across different industries,” Prof Brown said.

“UQ Science offers an impressive range of study areas through its programs, and the Experience Science event provided a perfect platform for students to ask questions and discover where their interests truly lie.”

UQ’s Bachelor of Science programs cover more than 60 disciplines and offer 26 majors.

More information about UQ Science programs is available online

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