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High school workshops

Biosecurity: border control

Year level
Year 7
Workshop activities
Students work to identify suspected pest organisms found by border protection officers. The students will use classification keys to identify the pests and make their recommendations to Border Protection Services.
Curriculum alignment
There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)

Create a city

Year level
Year 7
Workshop activities
Make your own most liveable city Students explore interconnections between people, places and the environment, and consider environmental, economic and social factors as they work together to design and build their own 3D city.
Curriculum alignment
Factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places (ACHGK043)
The influence of accessibility to services and facilities on the liveability of places (ACHGK044)
The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHGK045)
The influence of social connectedness and community identity on the liveability of place (ACHGK046)
Strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHGK047)

Carnival maths

Year level
Year 7
Workshop activities
Using well-loved carnival games students will learn about estimation, probability, statistics and profit/loss.
Curriculum alignment
Calculate mean, median, mode and range for sets of data. Interpret these statistics in the context of data (ACMSP171)
Calculate volumes of rectangular prisms (ACMMG160)

Crystal clear: effective water filtration for the modern engineer

Year level
Year 7 (extension classes), Year 10, Senior Chemistry and Science 21
Workshop activities
Discover how dam water is made safe to drink and delivered to your tap. Students explore treatment techniques to make dirty dam water sparkle. This workshop demonstrates the complexity of water treatment and the role of the water cycle in maintaining life on earth
Curriculum alignment
Mixtures contain a combination of pure substances that can be separated using a range of techniques (ACSSU113)
Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the hydrosphere (ACSSU189)

QUT rocks!

Year level
Year 8
Workshop activities
Become a budding geologist and identify mysterious minerals and rock samples using scientific tools. Examine samples of mined minerals in both their unprocessed and processed forms.
Curriculum alignment
Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales (ACSSU153)

Alien world

Year level
Year 8
Workshop activities
A new planet has been found! Investigate the strange creatures that live there to determine how their features and reproductive patterns determine their chances of survival
Curriculum alignment
Describe events using language of ‘at least’, exclusive ‘or’ (A or B but not both), inclusive ‘or’ (A or B or both) and ‘and’ (ACMSP205)
Represent events in two-way tables and Venn diagrams and solve related problems (ACMSP292)
Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce (ACSSU150)

Energy audit

Year level
Year 8, Year 8
Workshop activities
What is the difference between power and energy? How can we make technologies more energy efficient to save power and money? Students use thermal imaging cameras, energy meters, lux meters and laser thermometers to understand energy consumption as well as theories of energy transfer.
Curriculum alignment
Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems (ACSSU155)
Energy transfer through different mediums can be explained using wave and particle models (ACSSU182)

Successful suspension: bridges that work, and why

Year level
Year 10, Senior Engineering Technology
Workshop activities
Learn how bridges are designed to cope with loads by building model bridges to investigate how the structures of different types withstand forces. Students are introduced to existing bridge structures to get inspiration for their own bridge designs.
Curriculum alignment
The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (ACSSU229)

Crime scenes and genes

Year level
Year 10, Senior Biology
Workshop activities
Capitalising on current interest in all things forensic, in this workshop students apply biotechnology techniques to solve crimes. Using DNA agarose gel electrophoresis, students match samples from suspects to crime scenes and explore the use of DNA for crime scene analysis.
Curriculum alignment
The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (ACSSU184)

Using force for good

Year level
Year 10, Senior Engineering Technology
Workshop activities
What stops construction cranes from falling over? How can we lift weights most easily? Students investigate moments and couples, and gain a practical understanding of a core concept of Engineering and Physics.
Curriculum alignment
Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations (ACSSU190)

STEM futures

Year level
Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Workshop activities
STEM futures can be tailored to your students' needs. Choose from:
  • presentations, forums, or question and answer sessions where university students from different STEM fields share their personal experiences of school and uni
  • student clubs visit your school to share their passion and a variety of club activities (e.g., Engineers without Borders, Games club, Women in IT).

Book a workshop

The Extreme Van is available for booking to selected schools that we partner with.

High school workshops each run for 70 minutes. We can only run two different types of workshop per day. We run workshops for classes of up to 30 students at a time, and we're happy to come out over more than one day if you require more than 4 or 5 classes.

All bookings are subject to availability.

Get in touch

Australian and NZ students

International students

1800 181 848
(within Australia)

+61 3 9627 4853
(outside Australia)

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