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VU Science Roadshow supports budding scientists in regional Victoria

The VU Science Roadshow will visit regional schools over the coming weeks so Year 12 students can use state-of-the-art analytical instruments and put VCE Chemistry theory into practice.

The equipment includes a liquid chromatograph for separating and analysing mixtures, and spectrophotometers to analyse samples with light absorption.

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.

Students and their teachers can use the equipment to analyse aspirin in medications, sugars in honey and the chemical structure of molecules.

“VU offers this as a free program so students in regional areas do not need to come to Melbourne to experience this kind of science in action.”

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

“Science is an exciting career and will shape our future so it’s critical to inspire students and extend their understanding,” he said.


Dr Caridi is available for interview on 0411 236 544.

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

The schedule follows.






Tuesday 2 June


Horsham College

Horsham College

Wednesday 3 June


Ballarat Senior Secondary College  (including students from Nhill Secondary College)

Ballarat Senior Secondary College

Thursday 4 June


Girton College

(including students from Bendigo Senior Secondary College)

Girton College

(including students from Bendigo Senior Secondary College)

Friday 5 June


Girton College

Girton College

(including students from Charlton College)

Monday 15 June



Seymour College

Tuesday 16 June


Benalla P-12 College (including students from FCJ College)

Benalla P-12 College

Wednesday 17 June


Wodonga Senior Secondary College

Wodonga Senior Secondary College (including students from Corryong College)

Thursday 18 June



Wanganui Park Secondary College

Wanganui Park Secondary College

Friday 19 June


Wangaratta High School

Wangaratta High School (including students from Galen College and Bright P-12 College)



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