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School science conference impresses

15 June 2017:

Dr Nima Sayyadi, CNBP researcher, has undertaken guest judging duties at the 2017 Sydney Girls High School Science Conference.

Each year students at Sydney Girls High School complete a research project as part of the NSW Science Curriculum. This project provides Year 9 students with an opportunity to design and perform an investigation into an area of their choice. The annual Science Conference then gives the students a forum where they can present their research to an expert panel.

The panel not only provides students with feedback relating to their investigation, but also determines the projects worthy of further recognition. The determination considers both experimental design and the ability of the student to communicate their ideas.

According to Nima, the standard of work on display was of an incredibly high standard.

“The way that the young students designed their research projects – the hypotheses and preparation and understanding of data limitations was generally quite remarkable.”

Projects being showcased included DNA extraction from fruits with limited facilities through to the analysis of the plastic waste found in water on different beaches in Sydney.

“It was a great experience for me to meet the students, teachers, and other judges from different universities at this event,” concluded Nima.

“Hopefully the passion that these students show for science continues through High School and into tertiary education and beyond.”

Outreach fun linked to science

10 June 2017:

Dr Martin Ploschner, CNBP Researcher, has taken his outreach skills to the Czech and Slovak School, Sydney where he performed several hands-on science shows for approximately 100 students, all aged 10 and under.

The show connected fun light-based activities with CNBP science and included the creation of gigantic fluorescent bubbles as well as the use of fluorescent screens that were able to be used as canvas that could be ‘painted on’ with light.

“I had a great time at the school and the activities were very well received,” says Martin.

“The younger kids had fun and the older children asked a lot of questions about the science behind the show. As an added bonus, I was invited back for further school open days as well!”

Conference outreach inspires

_mon255419 October 2016:

As a part of the SPIE Biophotonics Australasia conference, the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics organised a half day outreach session for approximately 100 South Australian students on the 19 October, 2016.

The session, focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists, saw Yr 10 and 11 students  from Concordia College, Seaview High School and Seymour College all attend the conference and enjoy talks, poster sessions, light inspired science demonstrations and discussion time with leading researchers.

Feedback from the teachers and students, and CNBP researchers involved was hugely positive with a sample of comments from students included below –

Melisa – Seaview High School Student

“I really enjoyed the exhibition and presentation due to how professional the researchers/scientists were about their job and what they do. They explained the importance of science and the significance new modern research have on the world and society, in addition to how diverse science is and the vast range of job opportunities available in various fields of the industry. I enjoyed the practicals which were demonstrated as the visuals and results of the experiments were something I had never seen before. Furthermore, the practicals conducted made me realise how amazing and powerful science can be and how everything should be done outside the box with no limits. I’ve always enjoyed science though I was never sure if I would contribute to the industry in the future, however this excursion opened me up to new opportunities and I can potentially see myself having a career in science.

Minh – Seaview High School Student

“The excursion was really eye opening to see how advanced we are and our capabilities of how we can benefit in the medical field with new technology. The event was really fascinating and displayed a lot of visuals to help with the explanation. I learnt about how we can manipulate light properties to change and create new methods and technology to help in the medical field. This BioPhotonics excursion impacted my view on future careers and courses in the science field and how new job fields can be created.”

Stephanie – Seaview High School Student

“It was a great opportunity to delve into the various aspects of science, especially biology and physics, that allowed me to think deeper about the different careers science can provide. The many different ways that light can be used in researching was interesting and the various experiments conducted were definitely a new experience. It was an inspiring event that changed my view on science, which changed my perspective of science and the courses I could take in the future related to Biophotonics.”

Below – CNBP researcher Denitza Denkova explains photonics to students.

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Kids learn photonics at STEMSEL session

STEMSEL1editweb19 April 2016:

CNBP was happy to host the next generation of young scientists at today’s ‘STEMSEL Photonics’ session at the University of Adelaide node.

STEMSEL clubs, standing for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Social Enterprise Learning’ are an arm of the STEMSEL Foundation which is a not for profit organisation that aims to teach every child how to use electronics.

Over twenty Year 3 to Year 9 students were in attendance at this session, with CNBP researchers Roman Kostecki (a physics focus) and Sabrina Heng (a chemistry focus) helping lead the discussion and activities.

Concepts such as photons, light interaction with matter, Fermat’s principle, emission, absorption, lasers, fibre optics and organic chemistry, were all described and demonstrated.

Both researchers enjoyed the afternoon, showing the kids that science, technology and photonics can be awesomely interesting, as well as really good fun!

 

Supporting ‘Scientists and mathematicians in schools’ program

Visit to Lockleys_web10 March 2016:

Dr Sabrina Heng, CNBP researcher has undertaken a further school visit to Lockleys Primary School in Adelaide as a part of her involvement in the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) outreach program.

SMiS is a national volunteer program bringing real science, mathematics and ICT into the classroom through ongoing flexible partnerships between teachers and scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals.

Sabrina has been involved with SMiS since 2010 and working with Lockelys Primary School since mid 2014. In her most recent visit to the school, the Year 5/6 science students learned about the concepts of solubility and saturation through a series of simple experiments that Sabrina had designed. Working in groups, the students were taught to ‘think like a scientist’ i.e. ask the question (e.g. how many scoops of NaCl does it take to saturate X amount of water?), perform the experiment and to then come up with a conclusion.

Said Sabrina, “My trips to Lockleys are always rewarding and I look forward to my next visit where we will be performing experiments around the topic of ‘Light’.”

MQ Uni hosts Coolangatta school students

192_denitza_denkova_WP12 February 2016:

CNBP Research Fellow Denitza Denkova has helped host a school visit to Macquarie University’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

The Year 12 science students, from Kingscliff High School, South Coolangatta, were shown a number of experiments and videos relevant to their Higher School Certificate study.

Explained were principles encompassing particle and wavelength duality, as well as the significance of the recent announcement related to the discovery of gravitational waves – a major event in the world of physics.

Supporting Science Experience 2016

Varun Sreenivasan_web15 January 2016:

CNBP researchers  Varun Sreenivasan and Denitza Denkova extended their outreach skills in support of the ConocoPhillips Science Experience program that took place at Macquarie University 13-15th January 2016.

The national program, focused on  Year 9 and 10 students who have an interest in science, is rolled-out across universities and tertiary institutions across Australia. Students who attend are provided with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.

As a part of this program, Varun and Denitza contributed to the ‘Physics and Chemistry Magic Show’ which ran for an hour at Macquarie University’s Science Faculty. Demonstrated were concepts such as the ‘Stroboscopic effect’, the physics behind a ‘singing wineglass’ and the fun that can be had with Sulfur Hexafluoride.

“Through this event, we were able to share our excitement of science with youngsters, hopefully motivating them to do science as they grow up,”said Varun.

“We also improved our presentations and quick problem solving skills too!”

 

CNBP visits Belmont High School

Outreach-1ab13 November 2015:

CNBP researchers Andy Greentree, Denitza Denkova and Lindsay Parker took their science to the students on Friday Nov 13th, visiting Belmont High School for a fun filled day of outreach, incorporating science demonstrations, talks, informal discussion and chat.

First up was a 75 minute stage show in front of approximately 80 students from Years 8 and Year 9. Light as a concept was first explained, its wave and particle nature providing the basis for the session. A leaf-blower, table tennis balls, lasers, strobe lights and running water were also used, demonstrating the nature of light and its reflective, refractive and diffractive properties.

Nanodiamonds, iPhones, invisibility cloaks and glow sticks also made an appearance with the challenges and opportunities of looking deeply into the body and CNBP’s research mission clearly outlined.

This was followed by morning tea with the teaching staff and then a further talk and Q&A session with the school’s Year 12 chemistry class.

Thank you to all the students and teachers involved on the day. Great fun and extremely rewarding!

Playford Primary visit

Michelle-Zhang_web118 August 2015:

In a school visit organised by the Smith Family Charity as a part of National Science Week, CNBP researcher Michelle Zhang and CNBP Honours student  Irene Willcocks, gave a 45 min talk and science demonstration to over 20 students at Playford Primary School, Northern Adelaide.

During the outreach session, the students (ranging from Year 2 to Year 6), learnt more about the science of light as well as its application in medicine.

Demonstrations involved the use of UV-active beads (which gain colour with the application of UV light) and each child was given a couple of beads to take home as a souvenir.

Also demonstrated was the use of fluorophore and fibre for use in medical research and diagnosis, in what was an enjoyable and educational session for all participants.

 

CNBP shares science at Open Day!

UofA open day 2015_web16 August 2015:

The CNBP shared its exciting science journey of “creating windows into the body” to potential future students, at the University of Adelaide Open Day, Sunday August 16th, 2015.

Over a 150 potential University students and their families dropped by the CNBP booth during the day to discuss future study and career paths, as well as to understand in greater detail, the research being undertaken by the Centre as well as across the field of biophotonics more generally.

Of particular interest to those individuals talking with CNBP researchers, was the inter-disciplinary nature of biophotonics, offering opportunities to high achieving students in a diverse range of disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry and medicine.