Nanango's budding scientists embrace uni opportunity
SOUTH Burnett students have learnt how to use forensic science to solve a crime, discovered how maths underpinned the modern world, and used astrophysics to identify other habitable planets as part of the University of Queensland's free Experience Science program.
Students from Nanango State High School were among 1000 Year 10-12 students across the state who had the chance to step into university life for the day at the hands-on science workshops that covered topics from quantum physics to entomology.
UQ Faculty of Science executive dean Professor Melissa Brown said the event was an excellent opportunity for high school students to experience the wide variety of sciences on offer.
"The UQ and industry experts who facilitate our workshops demonstrate 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 provides a perfect platform for students to ask questions and discover where their interests truly lie.”
Students discovered how soil science could feed the world and used forensic clues, like hair fragments, footprints and bite marks, to solve the murder of fictional 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.