Bioscience in Central Victoria

In June the GTAC crew took bioscience programs to Wodonga, Rochester, Bendigo, Maryborough and Seymour. Students from Echuca and East Loddon also joined the sessions at Rochester Secondary College. Students in years 10-12 explored a range of topics where biotechnology is used to investigate the DNA of people, bacteria and viruses. Working with DNA allows us to investigate a wide range of topics in modern and ancient biology. DNA can be used to identify whether...Read More

Spider web inspired bird-safe glass – In the news

Madison H, Mount St. Joseph Girls' College   We’ve all heard the disheartening thud of an innocent bird unsuspectingly crashing hard and fast into a glass window. It’d be assuring to know that it wouldn't happen again and that the bird would, hopefully, be okay. However, in most cases this isn't the case. The glass structures and windows that dominate our modern world cause the death of hundreds of millions of birds worldwide. The birds...Read More

Biomedical Sciences Day 2016 – News

GTAC and The School of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne recently hosted Biomedical Science Day, a full day program for Year 10 and 11 students from rural schools. Students interested in studying biomedical sciences had the opportunity to visit the University of Melbourne and find out about studying Biomedical Sciences at the university. The day commenced with an address from Professor Fabienne Mackay, Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences. A speaker from...Read More

The Kingfisher and the bullet train – In the news

Zoe E, Elwood College   The Shinkansen bullet trains in Japan were conceived in the early 1900s as a means of high-speed travel. They succeeded in their job, however, due to travelling at 200 miles per hour (about 320 kph), they generated noise levels that could be heard 400 metres away. This was due to changes in air resistance when the trains entered tunnels creating low-frequency atmospheric pressure waves. To function effectively without creating so...Read More

Geckskin Adhesive ‘tape’ – In the news

Stephanie M, Casterton Secondary College   At some point or another, we have all been the victim of common adhesive tapes. These are used to mend broken objects, such as Nanna’s Vase, which definitely fell from the table on its own, to adhere pieces of paper to each other and to hang posters from the walls. As we would know, this is only a temporary solution as the adhesive does not last; the vase eventually...Read More

Biologically inspired robots – it’s only natural

  Imagine a robot that is able to negotiate its own way through any landscape, over any terrain. You may have conjured a mental image of the Terminator, or perhaps those lumbering colossal walkers in the Empire Strikes Back.  Long revered in sci-fi classics, autonomously mobile robots pose a real design challenge for engineers. If you were to design such a robot, what kind of locomotion would it have?  How would it know what obstacles...Read More

The dirty lyes about soap – News

Isopropyl wipes vs standard liquid hand soap An investigation by Tim while on work experience at GTAC When working in a lab I had to wash my hands quite frequently, and it became something regular to do when I entered the lab and when I left. Being around some of the best equipment and scientists in the world (at least to me), made me wonder about the effectiveness of the liquid hand soap we were...Read More

GTAC sees more work experience students through its doors – News

GTAC welcomed another eight work experience students through its doors in Semester 2 to experience working life as a Scientist. They participated in our educational programs, designed and carried out experiments using research grade equipment, and photographed specimens using our array of microscopes. Check out their blogs to find out more about their experiences. Elisa's blog Isabelle's blog Lachlan's blog Maria's blog Seamus' blog Sharlene's blog Tim's blog Zoe's blog

Gene editing gets CRISPR – In the news

 4th September, 2015 Many techniques used in molecular biology and gene technology are based on naturally occurring processes using normal functioning enzymes. You may already be familiar with the way that restriction enzymes, made by bacteria to cut viral DNA, are employed in recombinant (cut and paste) DNA technology. Well, here is a hot new method, modelled on another bacterial protection mechanism, which is being applied as a gene editing method. This method relies on...Read More

Date set for GTAC professional learning on changes to the VCE Biology Unit 1+2 Study Design for 2016

GTAC will hold a teacher professional learning program in term 4 on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December, 2015 that will focus on the changes to the VCE Biology Unit 1 & 2 Study Design for 2016. Registrations of interest will open soon. An email alert will be sent to teachers registered on the GTAC website and a news alert will be posted when registrations for this event open. There will also be a laboratory technician professional learning program that runs concurrent with the...Read More