The Glennie School in Toowoomba welcomed The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) lecturers Ms Leanne Dooley, Dr Joanna Turner and Ms Stephanie Piper, Coordinator of USQ’s MakerSpace on Thursday 30 August for its annual Science Festival with Year 10 students.

Associate Dean of Staff and Head of Department – Science Russell Baldock said they were so happy and fortunate to have the three high profile USQ educators come to share their expertise with the students. “The Science Festival is one of many initiatives opening the students’ eyes to careers in the STEM field,” said Russell.

Medical laboratory scientists can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their blood cells. In the Teardrops, Targets and Pencil Cells workshop led by Ms Dooley, students diagnosed serious and not so serious medical conditions by looking for abnormalities in blood cells. Plasma is the most common state of matter in the universe and was the first state of matter to exist after the big bang.

In Dr Turner’s Plasma Balls workshop, the students did not only explore the concept of plasma with hands-on activities that involve plasma lamps but also explored electrostatics, oscillating electric fields and plasma as a conductor. USQ’s Coordinator for Community Engagement Ms Stephanie Piper guided students through the basics of 3D printing and 3D scanning with live demonstrations of each. Likewise, there was a presentation on the progress in the Biofabrication research sector with real samples for show and tell, offering students with invaluable and unforgettable learning opportunities.

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