VU is running a science roadshow program for Year 12 students in regional Victoria.
In this program participants perform hands-on experiments in instrumental chemical analysis. The school classroom is converted into an instrumental laboratory for the day where students perform both spectroscopic and chromatographic analyses.
Experiments include analysis of:
- aspirin in analgesic tablets using UV-vis spectroscopy
- molecular structure determination using infrared spectroscopy
- caffeine in energy drinks using liquid chromatography
- sugars in honey using liquid chromatography.
This program supports the VCE Chemistry Curriculum and provides students with the opportunity to put theory into practice with hands-on access to analytical instruments. Students get to see and use the instruments and perform chemical analyses and teachers use the experimental results for subsequent class discussions.
The reduction (or elimination entirely) of travelling to a Melbourne (or other regional) location for similar programs is a major advantage of this activity.
Science roadshow details
When: 1 – 19 June 2015
Time: morning and afternoon sessions
Location: Regional Victoria
Capacity: 20 students/session