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 2021. Scroll through the list of onsite programs provided below. Follow a program link if you wish to express your interest or find out more about that program.
Please note the following:

  1. Term 1 programs have been modified to enhance physical distancing and infection control standards for delivery in 2021. In 2021 only one visiting school can access GTAC on a given day. All resources, equipment and our facilities will receive a major clean between programs. Cleaning of high touch points will be carried out throughout the day. The GTAC COVID safe guide for schools will be sent out with program offers and will be made available on our website in the near future. Individual program risk assessments will be provided.
  2. DET has updated the rurality measures for the Student Resource Package (SRP) of many schools.  This will mean some schools that have been classified as Rural (particularly in Geelong and Mornington Peninsula) may now be classified as either Metropolitan Disadvantaged or Standard, changing how GTAC programs are subsidised for those schools. Schools should consult directly with GTAC on their classification and associated program cost implications.
  3. 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 7 & 8 programs at GTAC

Cells, organs and body systems

Students investigate a case study of coeliac disease and how malfunctions in patient digestive and immune systems can contribute to its development. They use an Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay to diagnose the disease and its causative agent, then use research grade microscopes to view intestinal biopsies. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:
Term 2: 8th June – 24th June

 

Year 9 & 10 programs at GTAC

Forensic investigations using cell and DNA technologies

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. Note that this program is being upgraded to include use of E-gels to bypass the need to view gels in the dark room.  Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates
Term 1: 22nd February – 30th March
Term 4: TBC

 

Generating DNA Barcodes to identify and discover species

This program is being run as part of the Victorian Challenge Enrichment Series. It is fully subsidised and only available for government schools. Contributing to a real research project, students use DNA technologies to generate DNA barcodes and bioinformatics programs to identify species using their unique DNA sequences, their “DNA barcodes”. Will your students discover a new species with GTAC? Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates
Term 2: 25th May – 11th June
Term 3: 27th July – 5th August

 

 

Unit 1 & 2 VCE Biology programs at GTAC

Applying advanced microscopy to reveal the structure and function of cells

Unit 1
Students generate an understanding of how microscopes can be used to study cells and disease. They use staining techniques that enable them to view a variety of cell types using compound and fluorescence microscopes. Note – GTAC microscopes are being fitted with imaging technologies to bypass the need to look down the eyepiece to focus on specimens.  Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates
Term 1: 2nd February – 19th February

 

Applying genetic knowledge in prenatal and predictive genetic testing

Unit 2
Students use fluorescence microscopy and DNA tools and techniques to explore genetic testing. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:
Term 3: 13th July – 30th July

 

 

Unit 3 & 4 VCE Biology programs at GTAC

Responding to pathogens and generating immunity

Unit 3
Students identify a bacterium causing an outbreak of mastitis in a dairy herd and use antibiotic sensitivity tests and spectrophotometers to identify how to treat the disease. They model the specific immune response and perform an ELISA to investigate if cattle have immunity to tetanus. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates: Term 2: 21st April – 28th May

 

Outbreak! Identifying pathogens and controlling the spread of disease

Unit 4
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 3: 3rd August – 27th August

 

Manipulating the DNA molecule and applying biotechnologies

Unit 4
Students 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 analyse if their transformation of bacteria was successful. Click here for more information or to express your interest.

Approximate dates:
Term 3: 30th August – 16th September