Workshop experiences

School groups can attend single day workshops to deepen knowledge and skills relating to the curriculum. SPARQ-ed’s PC2 laboratory is a unique teaching facility. Students have the opportunity to complete experiments which are only possible in a biomedical research lab. The laboratory can hold up to 24 students.

Workshops include resources that aid the teaching of relevant concepts, ensuring you get the most out of your visit.

Working with DNA

Virtual Lessons 

These lessons give an overview of making recombinant DNA, as it applies to the Queensland curriculum and to the  practical workshops students can do at SPARQ-ed.  The lessons are organised into three modules, and include presentations and worksheets. 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

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 and 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

Charged per group of 24 students:

  • Low ICSEA (<950) $50
  • Other $350

To be paid on confirmation of booking through UQPay. Information will be sent with your Booking Confirmation.

Booking information

Start the booking process by completing the Expression of Interest Form and sending to SPARQ-ed staff will then contact you to finalise your booking.

Booking resources

  • Expression of Interest form
  • Parent permission form information 
  • UQ Media consent 
  • Travelling to TRI
  • Lunch advice: Students should bring their own lunch where possible. Café Catalyst is directly opposite SPARQ-ed. It gets very busy during the day. The PA Hospital also has a large cafeteria on the ground floor where groups of students could be escorted by school supervisors.
  • Specific requirements: Workshops are able to be differentiated to suit the needs of participants. Let the SPARQ-ed teachers know of any special requirements on the Expression of Interest Form or contact us on 3443 6920.