Chemistry

Our chemistry workshops allow students to get their hands on sophisticated laboratory instruments not usually accessible in the school environment such as our:

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography machine
  • Ultraviolet-visible Spectrophotometer

The focus of our chemistry workshops is to show the relevance of science to daily life. Our programs are fully aligned with the Victorian and National Curriculum and run at our Melbourne, Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses.

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Middle years

Nanoscience experiments

Curriculum: Year 10, General Science

Dates and locations:

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $24 per student

Class capacity: 30 students

In this workshop students gain a practical understanding of the basic concepts of nanoscience by:

  • synthesising gold nanoparticles
  • manipulating Nitinol (shape memory alloy)
  • investigating the properties of 'magic sand'

Making medicine

Curriculum: Year 10, Extension Program

Duration: 2 hours

Dates and locations:

Cost: $24 per student

Class capacity: 24 students

In this workshop students experience the thrill of chemistry as medicine – by making and purifying aspirin.

Students are guided through the process of:

  • synthesising crystals of aspirin
  • purifying aspirin through recrystallisation
  • gauging the purity of aspirinthorugh spot test and melting point measurement

*Note: Suitable for students with a strong background and interest in chemistry.

What's in shampoo?

Curriculum: Years 9 and 10, General Science

Dates and locations:

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $24 per student

Class capacity: 30 students

This workshop demystifies science, as presented by cosmetic scientists and the hair care industry. Students are introduced to the science and methodology of formulating shampoos and conditioners. They are shown how a careful selection of ingredients results in stable products that are kind to hair and suitable for use in a variety of different water conditions.

The workshop covers:

  • the physiology of hair and skin
  • concepts of pH and hard water qualities
  • major classes of ingredients used in shampoos and conditioners
  • the origin and properties of raw materials used in shampoos and conditioners
  • the role of preservatives used in shampoos and conditioners
  • the manufacturing process from laboratory to commercial sale.

Students will go home as smarter consumers, with an informed awareness of hair care products, and a take-home sample of their own shampoo preparation.

VCE

Chemical analysis

Curriculum; Year 12, VCE Chemistry Unit 4

Dates and locations:

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: $26 per student

Class capacity: 30 students

In this workshop, students participate in three instrument-based experiments that are used either to classify or identify specific organic compounds in food/beverages.

Students gain experience in

  • the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to differentiate the structural characteristics of some organic compounds
  • the qualitative and quantitative aspects of High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

The workshop includes hands-on preparation of standards/samples. Comprehensive student notes are provided, covering instrument characteristics, background information and revision questions.

Instrumental analysis of water soluble compounds

Curriculum; Year 11, VCE Chemistry Unit 2

Dates and locations:

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: $26 per student

Class capacity: 30 students

This workshop is aligned to the new VCE chemistry study design. Specific water-soluble compounds are found in a wide range of environments. They can be a significant component in common beverages and/or  a major contributor to water pollution.

Students will identify and quantitatively determine many water-soluble compounds by practicing:

  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Ultraviolet-visible Spectrophotometry (UV-VIS)

Introduction to chemical processes

Curriculum; Year 12, VCE Chemistry Unit 3

Dates and locations:

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: $26 per student

Class capacity: 30 students

In this workshop students have the opportunity to try three to four experiments drawn from the following areas:

  • fuels and energy
  • endothermic reactions
  • exothermic reactions
  • reaction kinetics (the effects of catalysts, concentration and equilibrium situations).

Detailed student notes provided include background for each experiment plus revision questions and additional material that reinforces understanding of the concepts presented.

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