SPARQ-ed 2-day Junior Research Immersions are aimed at providing Year 6-9 students from all over Queensland an opportunity to explore concepts and use techniques not normally covered in a school science laboratory. These are hands-on experiences which focus on skills used by biomedical scientists in a range of situations, including DNA extraction and analysis, the use of microscopes, forensic investigations, microbiology and hygiene, and cell biology.

The programs are conducted in the SPARQ-ed teaching laboratory, a PC2 rated facility located on the ground floor of the Translational Research Institute in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. Each one is developed and supervised by the SPARQ-ed teacher-scientists in conjunction with researchers from the University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute.

Students from regional Queensland or schools with an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) rating of ≤950 may be eligible for a scholarship.

How to apply

Buy tickets for SPARQ-ed 2-day Junior Immersions

Please note: If you are having trouble accessing the above link, please contact the SPARQ-ed team at

Fees: Government school students ICSEA rating ≤950 $50, Government school students ICSEA rating >950 $100, Non-Government school students $150. 

Important notes

Please note the following points:

  • Temporary parking for small buses on the hospital grounds can be arranged by the Coordinator. Alternatively, the TRI is on a public transport hub, with City Express bus stops on Ipswich Road, a dedicated stop on the Southeastern Busway and is quite close to Dutton Park railway station.
  • The TRI has a cafe, however the time allocated for breaks do not permit a class of 24 students all buying their lunch. We encourage schools to have students make their own arrangements for food. Drinking fountains and toilet facilities are provided.
  • OH&S requirements state that all people in PC2 laboratories wear flat, closed in shoes which do not expose the toes, heels or tops of the feet. Long hair must be tied back. We cannot permit entry to people who do not follow these requirements. Personal protective equipment (laboratory gowns, gloves and safety glasses) will be provided by SPARQ-ed.
  • This is a specialist science outreach program and SPARQ-ed staff are working as specialist resident presenters. For reasons pertaining to OH&S, classroom teachers must be present and actively supervising students in the workshop at a ratio of at least 1 teacher : 24 students.