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Science Roadshow tours regional Victoria

With a full head of ‘STEM’ the Victoria University Science Roadshow is on its way to regional Victoria to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists.

The free VU Science Roadshow will bring state-of-the art equipment and hands-on experiments to secondary schools in Ararat, Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta, and Wodonga from 18-29 July.

Through VU’s ‘Be a Chemist for a Day’ program,  Years 9 and 10 students will learn to convert aspirin into Dencorub (Deep Heat), vinegar into banana essence, generate electricity using lemons, and use a VU invention that can help wildlife caught in oil spills.

Years 11 and 12 students will put their VCE chemistry theory into practice by using sophisticated analytical instruments to analyse aspirin in medications, sugars in honey, caffeine in energy drinks and  the chemical structure of molecules.  

The Roadshow reflects VU’s support of the national focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and its own STEM agenda.

VU’s Dr Domenico Caridi said chemical analysis is now an important topic in the VCE chemistry curriculum but many students – especially in regional areas – do not have access to high-level equipment to conduct experiments.

“The cost of these instruments means they are unaffordable by many schools so students miss the chance to merge theory with hands-on experience,” he said.

Victoria University obtained the instruments in 2012 through a partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.

“VU offers both programs so students in regional areas do not need to come to Melbourne to experience this kind of science in action.”

Dr Caridi said a STEM education at school is critical, particularly in light of a report from Australia’s Chief Scientist indicating the performance of Australian students against international benchmarks has stalled or declined, as has participation in senior secondary science and advanced mathematics. ENDS

Dr Caridi is available for interview on 0411 236 544. 

Dr Caridi and educators from VU’s College of Engineering and Science will visit the following schools in Ararat, Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

Please call Dr Caridi to arrange photo opportunity on 0411 236 544.

Victoria University Science Roadshow





Monday 18 July



Wodonga Senior SC

Tuesday 19 July


Benalla P-12 College(& FCJ College)

Benalla P-12 College(& FCJ College)

Wednesday 20 July


Wangaratta HS

Wangaratta HS

Thursday 21 July


Goulburn Valley GS

Goulburn Valley GS

Friday 22 July


Seymour SC


Monday 25 July



Horsham C

Tuesday 26 July


 Marion College (& Ararat SC)

 Marion College (& Ararat SC)

Wednesday 27 July


Bendigo Senior SC

Bendigo Senior SC

Thursday 28 July



Ballarat HS

Ballarat HS

Friday 29 July


Ballarat HS




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