Chemistry Outreach Program

Our outreach activities show students a mixture of new research, fundamental chemical principles and the chemistry of everyday life. We hold these activities on the University of Melbourne campus and at schools throughout Victoria.

Bookings:

Call CSIRO Education (03) 9252 6387 / 9252 6410
Lab in a Box Bookings: lab-in-a-box@unimelb.edu.au

Further Details:

Mick Moylan (03) 8344 6465 or mmoylan@unimelb.edu.au

Our Outreach Activities:

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Energy without CO 2 (Years 7-10):

Australian scientists are world leaders in investigating climate change. In this engaging and interactive show we analyse causes, consequences and solutions to global warming.

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Caveman Chemistry (Years 9-12):

Extracting metals, making alloys and using non-metallic tools helped prehistoric humans move out of caves. Students make, examine and test properties of some ancient (and more modern) materials in this engaging hands-on program.

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The Periodic Table (Year 10 & VCE Unit 1):

This hands-on trip around the periodic table will give students a chance to manipulate elements, explore their properties and examine the patterns and trends in the table's groups and periods. Some exotic elements included in this program are selected from Ti, V, Ga, Ge, Mo, W and Xe.

This program is also available as a 'Lab in a Box' mailorder kit.

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Analytical Instruments (VCE Unit 3):

Students will perform analytical exercises using either HPLC, Gas Chromatography, UV/vis Spectrophotometry and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy with a follow-up activity on IR and NMR spectroscopy.

This program is also available as a 'Lab in a Box' mailorder kit.

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Chemistry Tour (Years 11-12):

Free tours of the instruments and lab areas in the University of Melbourne's School of Chemistry are available year-round. Tours include a talk on careers in chemistry and are best suited for students in year 11 and 12.

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Labs in a Box - VCE Kits for Hire:

The Outreach Program is developing kits of equipment and chemicals for analytical instruments or periodic table lab classes. More information will be posted as soon as it is available for hire. Kits will come with detailed instructions so teachers can run these programs in their school. These specially designed kits are condensed versions of the Periodic Table / Analytical Instrument Workshop outreach programs that are especially suited for small schools or remote areas.