Expressions of interest for programs at GTAC open

We are pleased to announce that expressions of interest are now open for GTAC onsite programs running in 2019. 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 4: 6th November – 3rd December

 

Using digital technologies to save lives – At GTAC
Students are immersed in an emergency scenario at ‘GTAC airport’. To prevent a major crisis they design preventative strategies using digital technologies, including humanoid robots, thermal imaging cameras, and hummingbird robots. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:
Term 4: 6th November – 3rd December

 

Year 7 & 8 programs

Cells, organs and body systems – At GTAC

Students form teams of health specialists to explore case studies of disease and their effect on society. They use microscopes to view cells and apply health technologies to learn about organs and body systems and how they function to keep people healthy. They design interventions to improve the health of patients. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:

Term 4: 9th October – 1st 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: 26th February – 2nd April

 

Using technologies in Life Science investigations – At GTAC
In this program students utilise a range of biological technologies to investigate contemporary life science issues including inheritance and disease. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:
Term 2: 7th May – 23rd May

 

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.

Intake dates for this 5-day program:
Intake 1: Term 1 from 25th February – 1st March

Intake 2: Term 1 from 25th March – 29th March

Intake 3: Term 2 (5 consecutive Fridays) Friday 24th May, Friday 31st May, Friday 7th June, Friday 14th June and Friday 21st June

Intake 4: Term 2 24th June – 28th June

Intake 5: Term 3 from 22nd July – 26th July

Intake 6: Term 4 from 14th October – 18th October

 

Unit 1 & 2 VCE Biology 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: 5th February – 22nd February

 

Applying genetic knowledge in prenatal and predictive genetic testing – At GTAC
Unit 2
Students explore case studies to describe patterns of inheritance and analyse pedigree charts. They use DNA tools and techniques to perform a genetic test for Phenylketonuria, so they can investigate the genotype for members of a family and utilize results to construct a pedigree. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:
Term 2: 20th June – 27th June
Term 3: 17th July – 1st August

 

Unit 3 & 4 VCE Biology 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: 27th May – 13th June

 

Outbreak! Identifying pathogens and controlling the spread of disease

Unit 4 – Half day program

Students model an outbreak of disease and perform gel electrophoresis to identify the causative pathogen. They perform an ELISA to determine if patients are infectious and the duration of infection. They discuss interventions to control the outbreak. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:
Term 2: 6th August – 28th August

 

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: 3rd - 19th September 2019

 

DNA barcoding (VCE) – At GTAC
Unit 4
In this program, students 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: 31st July – 13th August

 

Devil’s Advocates – At GTAC and Melbourne Zoo (TBC)
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. Expressions of interest for this program will open in 2019

Approximate dates
Term 3: 22nd August – 13th September