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Kickstart in the Holidays

For HSC biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics students
Kickstart to your studies or get some revision in during the holidays with these interactive online workshops hosted by our expert science communicators.

Want to get a little study done in the July holidays? Join us for your chosen subject on our Kickstart in the Holidays on the 15 July 2020. Our experienced science communicators will go through background theory, videos and demonstrations, and engaging questions and activities for you to do with them in real-time. In this online format, you can type questions to our team as much as you like. Resources and worksheets included.

Below are details on what content is covered for each workshop by subject.

What is in the workshops?

Virtual Kickstart Biology

Take on the role of a geneticist in this case study of sickle cell anaemia to determine whether a child has inherited the disease. Aligning with Module 5 and inquiry-based learning, students will investigate the genetic cause of sickle cell disease – a single nucleotide polymorphism.

The workshop addresses syllabus points for

  • DNA and polypeptide synthesis
  • Genetic variation
  • Inheritance patterns in a population

You can perform their own experiments such as DNA extraction, model the polymerase chain reaction, discover how restriction enzymes digest DNA and learn about the use of gel electrophoresis as an analytical tool.

Virtual Kickstart Chemistry

Learn the theory, techniques and see demonstrations of NMR, IR, UV-Vis and Mass Spectroscopy, and work through examples of spectra and how to analyse them.

We will conduct qualitative investigations to test for the presence in organic molecules of the following functional groups:

  • carbon–carbon double bonds
  • hydroxyl groups
  • carboxylic acids (ACSCH130)

We will also investigate the processes used to analyse the structure of simple organic compounds addressed in the course, including but not limited to:

  • proton and carbon-13 NMR
  • mass spectroscopy (ACSCH19)
  • infrared spectroscopy (ACSCH130)

Virtual Kickstart Mathematics Extension 1

How are we able to make predictions about the course of a pandemic, and how do we decide what we can do to slow it down? You will develop and explore different mathematical models for the spread of disease, and to learn how to analyse them directly and with the aid of technology.

Through a combination of live and pre-recorded demonstrations, inquiry-based learning, and guided exploration using freely available mathematical software, we will explore the syllabus topics of:

  • exponential functions (MA-E1, ACMMM066, ACMMM158)
  • graphing techniques (MA-F2)
  • differential equations (ME-C3.2, ACMSM130, ACMSM132)

We will also learn how real-world phenomena can be modelled mathematically, and how this can help inform policy makers in making decisions.

Virtual Kickstart Physics

You will cover some of the greatest hits experiments from across the syllabus.

We will follow the scientific process of Predict, Observe, Explain through experimentation, data analysis and simulations. The virtual workshop will incorporate demonstrations, hands-on activities, experiments you can do in your class or at home, digital modelling and interactive questioning.

Experiments will include:

  • Projectile motion (ASCPH101)
  • Electric fields (ACSPH080)
  • Wave and quantum nature of light (ACSPH119) (ACSPH140)
  • Charge of an electron (ACSPH026)
  • Radioactive half-life (ACSPH029)

Program details

Date: Wednesday 15 July 2020

For: HSC students to sign-up individually

Schedule: 90-minute online workshops where you sign-up to the subjects you would like.

TIME

WORKSHOP SUBJECT

TOPIC

9am-10.30am

Biology

Heredity: a case study of sickle cell anaemia

11am-12.30pm

Chemistry

Spectroscopy Skills and Analysis

1pm-2.30pm

Mathematics Extension 1

Spread of Disease

3pm-4.30pm

Physics

Experiments from Modules 5-8

Cost:

1x workshop = $15 (inc GST)

2x workshops = $25 (inc GST)

3x workshops = $30 (inc GST)

4x workshops = $33 (inc GST)

FAQs

Q: Do I need to be in Year 12 currently to register?

A: No, however please note that these workshops will be taught at a Year 12 HSC level. So, these workshops would be ideal for Year 12 or Year 11 students.

Q: What will I need to attend a workshop?

A: Once you have registered and paid for your workshops by credit card, then you will be sent a Zoom link to join the workshops. You will also be sent worksheets, videos and all the resources you need for on the day (which you may print or use digitally as you wish).

Q: Can I log-in from home?

A: Yes, these workshops will be held over Zoom and so you can log-in from wherever is most convenient. We recommend that you have your own device so that you can type questions during the workshop. You will also have the option of turning your camera and microphone on to better communicate with our science team.

Q: My school is already signed up for a Virtual Kickstart, or has already done one earlier this year. Are these workshops the same content as the ones from class?

A: Yes, these workshops have the same content as the class-booked Virtual Kickstart workshops that your school or teacher may have organised. We recommend asking your teacher if they are already booked in for a Virtual Kickstart so you don’t have to sit our workshop twice!

Q: Will there be another one of these days?

A: Currently this is the only one planned for 2020, but if you would be interested in a different day, please contact science.kickstart@sydney.edu.au or 0421 363 219.