Workshop experiences

School groups can participate in a variety of experiences to deepen knowledge and skills relating to the curriculum.

Incursion Workshops—We’ll come to you

Schools can book a 2-hour experimental workshop where our expert teachers will bring SPARQ-ed to you. Each incursion is supported by a teacher resource pack and CARA documents.

Topics:

  • Bacterial transformation: Science, Biology
  • Separating proteins: Science, Biology & Chemistry
  • Analysing proteins: Science/Maths, Biology & Chemistry
  • Working with enzymes: Science, Biology & Chemistry
  • DNA extraction from fruit: Upper Primary, Science

Complete the Program Registration form and email to sparqed@uq.edu.au to book your experience.  You can also contact us to create a customised whole day experience consisting of any two of the above experiments.

Cost:  You can check your school ICSEA index at the ‘My School’ website: https://www.myschool.edu.au  

  • Schools with ICSEA value <950 = $ 100 per 2 hour session of up to 28 students
  • Other schools with ICSEA value >950 = $200 per 2 hour session of up to 28 students

Excursion Workshops—At our SPARQ-ed facility

School groups can participate in a single full day workshop at our SPARQ-ed biomedical teaching facility. Students will advance their knowledge and skills in our PC2 Lab and Learning Centre. Each visit is supported with a resource pack, CARA documents and permission templates.

Topics:

  • Working with DNA: Science, Biology, Certificate III Laboratory Skills
  • Enzyme Inhibitors: Science, Biology & Chemistry, Certificate III Laboratory Skills
  • Cell Biology: Science, Biology, Certificate III Laboratory Skills
  • Other. Select two incursion topics (above) to customise your visit.

Complete the Program Registration form and email to sparqed@uq.edu.au to book your experience. You can also contact us to create a customised whole day experience consisting of any two of the above experiments. 

Cost:  You can check your school ICSEA index at the ‘My School’ website: https://www.myschool.edu.au 

  • Schools with ICSEA value <950 = $ 100 per day up to 28 students 
  • Other schools with ICSEA value >950 = $350 per day up to 28 students

 

Biomedical Teaching Resources

Working with DNA

The pGLO plasmid is recombinant DNA containing the gene for green fluorescent protein (GFP).  Participants will extract the plasmid DNA from transformed bacterial cells.  They will then do a restriction enzyme digest before separating the DNA fragments using gel electrophoresis.

Curriculum links: Biology Units 1 & 4, Year 10 ACARA Science

Target grade levels: Year 10, 11 & 12

For an overview of how the modules are structured, and how they link with the curriculum, refer to this video on Youtube.  In addition, each of the presentations are provided with audio explanations on this Youtube Playlist.

Module 2—The SPARQ-ed Workshop—Cloning GFP

Module 3—Restriction Enzyme Analysis

Working with DNA Modules on Youtube:

Resource:  Working with DNA modules

 

Enzyme inhibitors

Β-galactosidase catalyses several reactions, including lactose digestion in humans. Participants will explore how its action can be inhibited competitively or noncompetitively. There is scope in this workshop to develop and complete Biology Unit 1 Student Experiments or Year 10 Chemistry Student Experiments.

Curriculum links: Biology Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 2, Year 9 & 10 ACARA Science

Target grade levels: Year 9, 10 & 11

Cell Biology

Participants will expose HeLa cells to varying concentrations  of salt. Using light microscope observations, they will draw conclusions about osmolarity of solutions. In the second part, they will explore the effect of growth factors on the differentiation of stem cells.

Curriculum Links: Biology Unit 1, Year 8 & 10 ACARA Science

Target grade levels: Year 7, 8, 10 & 11

Fees and booking information

SPARQ-ed fees

  • Incursion workshops for low ICSEA schools <950 = $100
  • Incursion workshops for ICSEA schools >950 = $200
  • Excusion workshops for low ICSEA schools <950 = $100
  • Excursion workshops for ICSEA schools >950 = $350

Fees are finalised through the University’s UQ Pay online booking system, invoices are not generated at SPARQ-ed. Follow the direct URL link provided to finalise payment, a Tax Invoice/Receipt will be emailed to you confirming payment.

Booking information

Start the booking process by completing the program registration form and send to sparqed@uq.edu.au or contact our SPARQ-ed team for advice.

How to apply

Bookings for the 2022 workshop experiences are now open. Complete the Program Registration form and email to sparqed@uq.edu.au.