STEM at Adelaide

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  • What is engineering, computer science and mathematical sciences?

    What exactly is engineering, computer science, and mathematical sciences (ECMS) - and what do engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians do? This interactive, workshop-style presentation will introduce students to the exciting and vibrant world of ECMS, and demonstrate the huge variety of established and emerging industries our graduates can contribute to.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 15 - 30 (larger groups can be accommodated on special request)
    Duration of activity 30 - 60 mins
    Category STEM
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 12
  • Pigs, foams and fishing

    Each day the world needs 14 billion litres of oil and 3300 billion cubic metres of gas to live the way we do. Learn how petroleum engineers combine mathematics and science with engineering and economic principles, to design and supervise all aspects of petroleum recovery to help meet our daily needs. But where do pigs, foams and fishing fit in? Find out more about this exciting area of engineering through this presentation.

    School term On request
    Student numbers Not applicable
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 12
  • Scientists in schools

    A presentation on energy, electricity and the environment. What is energy, and where does it come from? How do we use it, and what about the environmental consequences? The fascinating presentation includes practical demonstrations.

    School term On request
    Student numbers Not applicable
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category STEM
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 12
  • Ciphers

    Being able to keep our personal information safe is important. When we use our credit cards to buy things online, security protocols ensure our details are protected. In this activity students will discover the maths behind coding (and decoding) secret messages, and how these principles underpin many of the security protocols we rely on today.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Maths
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 7 - 9
  • Topology and geometry

    Every school student is familiar with the usual geometric objects such as triangles and circles. Modern mathematics has taken these ideas to very far and strange places. Learn about the strange field of topology, where distances don’t matter and coffee cups can be squashed into doughnuts.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 30 - 60 minutes
    Category Maths
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 9 - 12
  • Unexpected lines

    About 1700 years ago, a Greek called Pappus discovered an amazing arrangement of lines. Nothing happened for the next 1300 years until the sixteen year old Blaise Pascal discovered an even more amazing arrangement! Everyone thought his dad had found it. But no, it was young Blaise who went on to invent all sorts of things. In this session learn about what these guys found and more besides. There are always new things to find.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 30 minutes
    Category Maths
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 9 - 11
  • The Monty Hall card game

    Behind one closed door is a car, and behind the other two are grumpy hippopotami. The game show host asks the contestant to choose one of the doors to open; the contestant will get to keep whatever is behind it. After the door has been chosen, the host opens one of the other two to reveal a hippopotamus. He then asks if the contestant wants to change their mind and pick the other door. Assuming the preference is to go home with a car, rather than a bulky river-dwelling mammal, should they change or not? Your students can find out for themselves by playing the card game and, in the process, learn more about probability.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 30 - 40 minutes
    Category Maths
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 7 - 9
  • How to win at games

    Your students will be amazed by a simple card trick, and win the game of Nim by using binary.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 30 minutes
    Category Maths
    Location In school and North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 7 - 9
  • Lego up

    Want to build the tallest and most stable, but also the lightest, building? This fun activity introduces students to the principles of civil engineering and structural design, using Lego!

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 45 - 60 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 9 - 11
  • Making Slime! Chemical processes and healthcare products

    Your students can make their own slime! – and learn how chemical engineers use chemical processes and interactions (polymer cross-linking) to make healthcare products like  pharmaceuticals and make-up.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 10
  • Build your own electric motor

    Students will have the opportunity to build a simple working electric motor using everyday items like magnets, copper wire and paper clips.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 10
  • Investigating diode rectification circuits

    Your students will construct diode half-wave and full-wave rectication circuits, observe their function, and measure the effect of adding a filter capacitor and changing the current load.
    This activity is also suitable for current IB HL Physics classes studying the Capacitance subtopic (Electromagnetic Induction).

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 60 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 11
  • Combustion: Space travel, climate change and saving lives

    The activity will involve making small rockets - and firing them! Through this activity, students will gain an understanding of the principals of combustion and how it relates to nearly everything around us.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 45 - 60 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 9 - 11
  • Coding 101

    Students are introduced to interactive coding activities in small groups. Students are given the opportunity to develop a code-based solution – right through to seeing the code become live!

    School term On request
    Student numbers Not applicable
    Duration of activity 45 minutes
    Category Computer Science/IT
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 10 - 12
  • Cryptology

    Maths and technology join forces in this exciting activity. Come on campus to discover the maths behind coding (and decoding) secret messages utilising our computer suites.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Maths
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 9 - 11
  • Maths busking

    Ever wonder how grifters on the streets always win their games? These activities will give you an idea of how you can guarantee you will (almost) always win.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 30 - 40 minutes
    Category Maths
    Location In school or on campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 10
  • Make your own perfume!

    Discover how perfume is made by making your own in this exciting, hands-on workshop. In the process students will learn how chemical engineers use processes like distillation, heat exchange and separation to make perfume and other products.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 12
  • Paper plate loudspeaker

    In this activity, students discover the principle of operation of electromagnetic loudspeakers by constructing one out of inexpensive materials. They can also explore audio concepts such as the effects of changing frequency, amplitude and wave shape.

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 10
  • Aqualibrium

    Have you ever thought about how water reaches your house? The answer is through a complex water distribution network. In this activity, students must use their science and maths know-how to develop a network system of pipes, that will evenly distribute water between three ‘houses.’ Challenge your students to see who can conquer Aqualibrium!

    School term On request
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 50 minutes
    Category Engineering
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 8 - 12
  • "See" waves in action

    Waves are everywhere; we see them with sound, light, earthquakes even in space-time. The interaction of waves with objects, and even waves themselves, impact on so much of the world we live in. This workshop includes a range of activities, such as: creating waves which travel through materials, focusing sound waves to eavesdrop on whispered conversations, sound waves travelling in flammable gasses, and light interacting with itself to measure some of the smallest objects in the Universe.

    Note: Closed footwear must be worn.

    School term Limited availability
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 60 minutes
    Category Physics
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 10 - 12

     

  • Satellites in space

    How do you make sure that a satellite travelling at 28,000 km/hr is pointing in the right direction? In this workshop students will be split into two teams and compete to be the first to control their “satellites”. They will investigate the physics behind the motion of satellites and learn how we control them remotely. Be prepared to experience some obvious and not so obvious consequences of putting a satellite into orbit! Students will gain a good understanding of the principles of rotational motion without having to use advanced maths.

    Note: Closed footwear must be worn.

    School term Limited availability
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 60 minutes
    Category Physics
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 10 - 12
  • A hidden world of microorganisms

    Microscopy in its many forms, is the single most powerful technique available to view cells and bacteria. People skilled in microscopy are sought after to work in both clinical and research laboratories. In this laboratory exercise, heat-fixed smears of yoghurt culture are stained to reveal the bacteria used to produce commercially available yoghurt. Since bacteria are typically not visible to the naked eye, a compound light microscope is used to view the cell morphology of the bacteria. When viewed using oil immersion at 1000 x total magnification, the size and shape of the stained bacteria is easily seen.

    Note: Closed footwear must be worn.

    School term Limited availability
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 60 minutes
    Category Biology
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 10 - 12
  • What's in our water?

    Did you know that water in our environment contains metals, and some of these are essential for a healthy environment while others are not? In this activity students will use an atomic absorption spectrophotometer to see how chemists determine the levels of metals in water samples, including drinking water and runoff from a local mine. Ask us about bringing along your own water samples too!

    Note: Closed footwear must be worn.

    School term Limited availability
    Student numbers 20
    Duration of activity 30 - 45 minutes
    Category Chemistry
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 11 - 12
  • What makes spinach green?

    Everyone recognises spinach by its vivid green leaves, but have you ever stopped to think why they are green? Is it just green chlorophylls or does it also contain other natural components like carotenes and xanthophylls? How would you separate out this mixture to identify what is present? Luckily chemistry has the answer! Students will use the technique of thin layer chromatography to determine just how many components there are in a spinach leaf extract.

    Note: Closed footwear must be worn.

    School term Limited availability
    Student numbers 20
    Duration of activity 30  minutes
    Category Chemistry
    Location North Terrace campus
    Suitable year level 9 - 10
  • Geophysics - measuring gravity

    Geophysicists explore the composition and dynamic processes operating within the solid Earth and fluid exterior by exploiting physical fields that can be remotely sensed. Variations in gravity are used to explore for petroleum and mineral resources, monitor groundwater changes, locate faults, and monitor volcanoes. In this activity, students will measure relative changes in gravity experienced at the Earth’s surface as a result of variations in the density of rocks underfoot using a gravimeter. Students will also look at different rocks samples and measure their magnetic properties.

    Note: Weather dependent.

    School term Limited availability
    Student numbers 20
    Duration of activity 50  minutes
    Category Earth Science / Physics
    Location Botanic Park
    Suitable year level 10 - 12
  • Minerals and fossils at the Tate Museum

    Take a tour of the University of Adelaide’s famous Tate Museum where students will discover and identify some of the Museum’s minerals and fossils. Followed by an Earth Science presentation, students will learn about tectonic plates, carbon dating and mass extinction.

    School term Limited availability
    Student numbers 30
    Duration of activity 60  minutes
    Category Earth Science 
    Location North Terrace campus (Tate Museum, Mawson building)
    Suitable year level 8 - 11
  • Get your hands dirty with ag

    Did you know that the largest agricultural research institute in the Southern Hemisphere is in our own backyard? Students will get their hands dirty in practical activities and tour the Waite campus, home to SA’s only viticulture and oenology (wine science), and agriculture degrees. You can choose from activities in:

    •  Flavour and Aroma
    •  Soils
    •  DNA
    •  Tours of the Plant Accelerator and Winery

    Notes: Bookings made online through why-waite programs: www.thewaite.org/participate/schools/why-waite/

    School term Available all terms
    Student numbers 25
    Duration of activity 30 - 60 minutes
    Category Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Location Waite campus
    Suitable year level 9 - 12
  • Roseworthy campus tours

    Tour the University of Adelaide’s state-of-the-art animal healthcare and teaching facilities at Roseworthy. Set on 1,500 hectares of land for practical training, it’s home to South Australia’s only veterinary school and a $37 million vet clinic. The Roseworthy campus opens the door to careers in Animal and Veterinary Science where students learn about a diverse range of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cows, sheep, chickens and pigs.

    School term Available all terms
    Student numbers 20
    Duration of activity 90 minutes
    Category Animal & Vet Science
    Location Roseworthy campus
    Suitable year level 10 - 12