Expressions of interest open for 2018

We are pleased to announce that expressions of interest are now open for GTAC onsite programs in 2018. A list of these available programs has been provided below. If you wish to express your interest or find out more about a program, please click the title of the relevant program. Please note that while we will endeavour to accommodate expressions of interest, we cannot guarantee places will be offered due to high demand and the DET equitable access policy. Booking information can be accessed here.

Year 5 & 6 programs

Forensic microscopy – At GTAC

In this program students take on the role of forensic investigators, analysing samples of trace evidence using stereo and compound microscopes in order to solve the case of the run-away dog. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 1: 8th May – 17th May

 

Year 7 & 8 programs

Using technologies in Life Science investigations – At GTAC

In this program students utilise a range of biological technologies and techniques to investigate contemporary life science issues while following and interrogating the scientific process. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 1: 19th March – 23rd March

Term 2: 18th April - 24th April

Term 4: 29th October – 9th November

 

Year 9 & 10 programs

Forensic investigations using cell and DNA technologies – At GTAC

This program immerses students in the field of forensic science as they use blood typing and DNA analysis to place a suspect at a crime scene. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 1: 27th February - 9th March

Term 4: 10th October – 22nd October

 

Years 9-11

Science immersion research experience – At GTAC

GTAC is collaborating with research institutions to provide students in years 9 – 11 with a 5-day program that immerses them in real research and contributes to a current scientific study. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 1: 23th March – 29th March (4 day program)

Term 2: 14th May – 18th May

 

Unit 1 & 2 programs

Applying advanced microscopy to reveal the structure and function of cells – At GTAC

Unit 1

Students generate an understanding of how technologies enhance our knowledge of cell structure and function. They use staining techniques that enable them to view a variety of cell types using compound and fluorescence microscopes. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 1: 6th February – 23rd February

 

Applying genetic knowledge in prenatal and predictive genetic testing – At GTAC

Unit 2

Students investigate meiosis and patterns of inheritance using DNA tools and techniques. They perform tests to diagnose patients with Phenylketonuria, investigate the genotype for members of a family and utilize results to construct a family tree. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 2: 21st June – 28th June

Term 3: 17th July – 31st July

 

Unit 3 & 4 programs

Responding to pathogens and generating immunity – At GTAC

Unit 3

Students perform diagnostic tests to identify a bacterium causing an outbreak of mastitis in a dairy herd. They examine antibiotic sensitivity tests to determine the ideal treatment for the infection and determine the bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal concentrations of antibiotic for treating this infection. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 2: 21st May – 20th June

 

Manipulating the DNA molecule and applying biotechnologies – At GTAC

Unit 4

Students are immersed in the world of biotechnology as they perform restriction digests and gel electrophoresis to determine if the gene for Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) has been successfully inserted into a plasmid. They transform E.coli cells with the recombinant plasmid vector and view their samples back at school to see if they were successful. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 3: 1st August – 20th September

 

DNA barcoding (VCE) – At GTAC

Unit 4

In this program, students set out to generate DNA barcode sequences from animal or plant tissues of environmental or commercial interest. Sequences generated by students can contribute to global scientific databases with recognition given to students for their contribution to science. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 3: 27th August – 12th September

 

Devil’s Advocates – At GTAC and Melbourne Zoo (TBC)

Unit 4

Students will learn first-hand how Zoos Victoria is currently working to save Tasmanian Devils. Students will explore applications of biotechnology for identifying genetic variants that may contribute to disease resistance and how that knowledge can be used to combat the spread of disease. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 3: TBC