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Luke and Sholto in year 10 science class. Testing plants for starch production after some leaves were kept in the dark, prohibiting photosynthesis from taking place. 2015
programs bring science to life
In the last month Sherbrooke students have taken part in two exciting science programs.
The first, called “Bioeyes” was run by Monsah University and involved year 9, 10 and 11 students. Laura Reid, an ex student teacher of Sherbrooke, came back to deliver a program on genetics using zebra fish.
The students bred the parents and then watched on a daily basis as the embryos developed and finally hatched. The top three photos on the right were taken by a camera looking down the microscope and show some of the developmental stages.
The year 11 students then taught year 7 students what they had been learning and how to use the scientific equipment. This is part of our innovative Kids Teaching Kids Program.
The second program involved a trip to GTAC (Gene Technology Access Centre) in Melbourne. There, the year 12 students completed an experimental part of a VCE SAC in collaboration with students from Boronia.
Using modern, expensive laboratory equipment the students conducted an ELIZA test to determine diabetes type and did tissue culture experiments on plants.