Previous Projects






Santa Maria College

2013

Project

X-ray Sudoku: Question of Public Health Meets Sudoku

Participants



Mater Christi College

2013

Project

Biomedical Imaging at Monash

Participants

EmilyPeele, Jessica McFarlane, Rachel David



Charles La Trobe College

2013

Project

Green Fluorescent Protein Project

Participants

Mariam,Sara, Hoda,Aisha, Kiraand Alana



Star of the Sea College

2013

Project

Nano-Diamond Quantum Sensors in Living Cells Project 24th-28th June, 2013

Participants

Charlotte Bartl, Monica Kerin, Bridie Mannion, Emilia Mosiejewski, Natasha Pace, Phoebe Thompson and Georgia Wiley



Santa Maria College

2013

Project

Scorpion Project 24th-28th June, 2013

Participants

Emily, Sara, Mikayla, Giulia, Kamille and Tiana



Santa Maria College

2012

Project

Media

Participants

Maggie, Jasmine, Jadda, Emi


Santa Maria College

2012

Project

Mitochondrial Mighty Power House

Participants

Emerald Cornwall-Jones, Hong Le-Nguyen, Sia Melekiola, Alison Graham and Tess Pearson


Santa Maria College

2012

Project

Understanding Climate Change

Participants

Kanishka Kukreja, Shayla Nguyen, Lisa Nguyen, Minh Dao, Cindy Ho, Lauren Di Giambattista and Michaela Harkin


Santa Maria College

2012

Project

Understanding the Malaria Parasite

Participants

Vivian Bui, Jessica Castro, Phuong Lam, Sylvia Xiao, Mai Kieu and Catherine Zhang


Santa Maria College

2012

Project

Sudoku the Maths of Biology

Participants

Cindy N, Ngoc N, Michelle L, Natalie L, Alexia S, Georgia R


Santa Maria College

2012

Project

The Bionic Man or Woman

Participants

Sam Cantrill, Amber Belbasis and Daniella Ciccone

Our Lady of Mercy College

2012

Project

To Dye For

Participants

Jordan Daley, Sandra Chen, Megan Cheung, Charlotte Demers, Sanjana Alex and Celine Pierre


Santa Maria College

2011

Project

Deaf-initely a Challenge

Participants

Elise McMahon, Emily Jong, Hannah Lopez, Laura McMahon, Melisa Mahmut, Akshita Sharma, Isabel Villafuerte


Mercy College

2011

Project

To Dye For

Participants

Mary Noel, Natasha Ressia, Elizabeth Gellel, Sarah-Rose Tooke, Diane Pitropakis, Sarah Badro


Santa Maria College

2011

Project

CSIRO & Synchrotron project

Participants

Rachael Siman, Carmelaine Ranoa, Marianthi Belbasis, Roanne Pancho, Gezelle Dali, Katia Mercuri, Trang Vo,
Sophia Ly, Joanne Zhang, Megan Salvador and Jessica Lu


Santa Maria College

2011

Project

The Making of the Making of The Growing Tall Poppies film

Participants

Geraldine Docherty, Renee Heraud, Ailan Pham


Santa Maria College

2011

Project

The History of a Changing Climate

Participants

Lidia Cavalier, Nadine Khalil



Santa Maria College

2011

Project

Mathematics and Physics meets Popular Culture

Participants

Akshita Sharma, Anju Marasingha, Mary Le, Lina Tran, Michelle Le, Cartia Gervasoni, Nancy Do



Santa Maria College

2011

Project

A Curious Case of Climate Change

Participants

Angela Zhu, Janine Hardy, Helen Tran, Jessie Cheriyan, Niati Sharma, Isabel Villafuerte, Elise McMahon



Star of the Sea College

2011

Project

A Whole lot of Holograms

Participants

Georgia Riordan, Tess Della Piana, Isabelle Lam, Claudia Ohlert, Olivia Perazza, Jess Tang-Lacy



St Bernard's College

2010

Project

Mathematics and Physics meeting Popular Culture

Participants

Will Fleming, Adrian Marcato, Xavier Butcher, Xavier de Bruyn, Jordan LoPresti, Ivan Galic

Brief




St. Catherine's School

2010

Project

Ultra-Violet (UV) Semiconductors and Extreme Ultra-Violet (XUV) Ultrafast Lasers

Participants

Christopher Hall , Khuong Dinh

Brief



Euroa Secondary College

Project

2010

I can see a Rainbow

Participants

Alisoun Townsend, Ash Donnison, James Dean, Keely Hausler, Laura Whitney, Tyson Wicks

Brief



Star of the Sea College

2010

Project

Figures in the Dark

Participants

Georgia O'Connor, Grace Whitbread-Phee, Megan Pool, Issie McBeth Jephcott, Lucy McNeill, Alessia Tamborriello

Brief



Santa Maria College

2010

Project

What is all the wining about/Drunken Projector

Participants

My Chau Tran, Nhung Tran, Maria Wu, Nicole Do, Van Le, Kai Yang

Brief

During the week at the 'Short Wavelength Laser Program' group of the CXS you will have the opportunity to undertake two investigations.

In one investigation you will be able to study the degradation of wine under different light conditions.

In another investigation you are invited to dismantle a data projector from which you will extract a light source that is to be fitted to a fluorescence microscope. The 'anatomy' of a microscope will also be investigated.

In both of these investigations many questions will arise to investigate and you are encouraged to follow areas of interest with your scientist mentors.

Once the data is collected you will write an article either directed to New Scientist or the University of Melbourne Newspaper (or another forum of your choice). The article will report your findings, and needs to explain the importance and relevance to the community of your studies. Underpinning your projects is the important way that science is an integrated process of many traditional disciplines that addresses questions and issues that are relevant and important to society.

You are invited and encouraged to propose further investigations that future groups of students or in fact the scientists can undertake.

You will collectively present your week's investigation to the group of scientists and teachers and parents at the end of the week.



Santa Maria College

2010

Project

What is all the wining about Part 2 - Looking at Red Wine

Participants

Van Le, Wendy To, Kai Yang, Nhung Tran, Tess Kirkinis, Anne Aggarwal, My-Chau Tran, Ramona Sarkis, Yvonne Liu

Brief

The world community is very aware of the importance of conserving energy and to using less energy to minimise the impact of global warming. Governments and businesses are looking for ways of reducing energy consumption to help the environment and to increase efficiency. The wine producing industry is large in Australia. Wine bottles are also made of coloured glass, which is more difficult and expensive to recycle than clear glass. Wine bottles are made of thick glass and so are heavy compared to many other bottles and so transport costs are high due to the weight. Moving to lighter weight bottles could impact wine! Determining which wavelengths of light cause white wine to go off is important because by knowing this we can prevent this? How? Other questions as scientists that we would ask are: Is wine quality affected by thinner glass bottles? How is red wine affected by light compared to white wine? These properties are important for the preservation and shelf-life of wine if wine industries wish to bottle their wine in light weighted bottles.

Questions to be answered for discussion:

1. Where are wine bottles subjected to light exposure?
2. What other variables may affect the quality of wine?
3. What "form of light" do you know affect humans in a harmful way?


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Santa Maria College

2009

Project

Jurassic Park – In Miniature

Participants

Wendy To, Kate Latkoska, Tess Kirkinis, Breana Casuillo, Cindy Tuyet-Thao Tran, Yvonne Liu

Brief

Recently images of fossil animals in amber have been taken using the synchrotron, but it is very expensive and only a few specimens have been investigated.

The project for you to undertake at the CXS group at the Latrobe University Centre for Materials and Surface Science is to use an X-ray machine ……… that is inexpensive to use and easily accessible (compared to the synchrotron) to take images of amber containing insects. To date it is not known whether it is possible to get information about the fossils using this technique.

Once the data is collected you will write an article either directed to New Scientist or the LaTrobe University Bulletin (or another forum of your choice). The article will report your findings and needs to explain the importance and relevance to the community to study investigate science in an integrated way.

You will collectively present your week’s investigation to the group of scientists and teachers at the end of the week.


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St Catherine’s School

2009

Project

Finding a Cure for Malaria - Physicists and Biologists Working Together

Participants

Emma Clark, Luciana Darling, Georgina Edwards, Amelia Hamer, Sharon Lee, Natalie Ng

Brief

Create a media article about the work of the CXS and about its aims:

  • To see the un-seeable membrane proteins and
  • To image the fine structures in the malaria parasite


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Padua College

2009

Project

Carotenoids with Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Participants

Mitch Chasemore, Christy Dimitrakas, Alasdair McDougal, Juliette Millili, Andrew Taylor, Lachlan Theobold, Holly Whitfield

Brief

You are to write a media article or a presentation to parliament about the work of the physics and laser laboratories at Swinburne University of Technology, to explain how the study of light responsive molecules can be beneficial and important to understanding the process of photosynthesis. Furthermore the document should include how understanding the nature of the interactions between light and matter can help in developing future energy solutions.