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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)

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)

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)

Energy audit

Year level
Year 8, Year 9
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)

Earthquake Factory

Year level
Year 9
Workshop activities
Develop an understanding of the moving tectonic plates and how these produce the topography of our planet. Students actively participate in experiments to measure seismic activity. Demonstrations of global plate boundaries show students how earthquakes are linked to the theory of plate tectonics. 
Curriculum alignment
The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement (ACSSU180)