Outreach chemistry program

Two full days of classes will be held for students to carry out their VCE Instrumental Chemistry program at the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga laboratory on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March.

microscopeThis outreach chemistry program is one of four conducted over the year and coordinated by Martin Fussell, Department of Environmental Management & Ecology, and assisted by staff from The Murray- Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC).

Local students from Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Catholic College Wodonga, Tallangatta Secondary College and Rutherglen High School will get the unique opportunity to participate in classes instructed by working scientists.

‘It’s great that La Trobe and MDFRC are able to make contact with the community and let prospective students in Science know that we can offer an excellent alternative to study where they live instead of having to go to the cities,’ says Mr Fussell.

The classes will expose students to four different analyses in an instrument laboratory. Students will have hands on experience of how four different analytical machines function, how samples and standards are prepared and how to interpret the results of these analyse.

‘The analyses will relate to a particular application, such as measuring the phosphate content of natural waters, the amount of sulfur in contaminated soil, checking the quality of a mixture of fuel and quality control of the amount of iron in a common fertiliser,’ Mr Fussell says.

During the two days, students will become familiar with facilities and equipment that may not be found in most schools as this experience is mandatory for VCE Instrumental Chemistry.

‘Hands on access to an Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography will give students insight into the applications of scientific studies and perhaps provide a source inspiration for budding scientists,’ Mr Fussell says.

The students will be working in both the Department of Environmental Management & Ecology laboratory and The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre laboratory, which is co-located on the Albury-Wodonga campus.

For further information about the program please contact:

Martin Fussell
Lecturer, Department of Environmental Management & Ecology
T: 02 6024 9876 M: 0431 277 980 E: m.fussell@latrobe.edu.au