2017 National Science Week

Café Scientifique

On Tuesday 15 August, Year 12 student Lois Livingstone took her EE “on the road” to deliver a TED X style presentation at the QUT hosted Café Scientifique. Her EE presentation delivered an innovative investigation into natural teeth whitening alternatives.  Lois’ presentation held the audiences avid attention and was highly endorsed by the panel. Year 11 student Rohaan Haikerwal demonstrated a polished performance co-hosting the event. Congratulations to both students. The recording of Lois’ Cafe Scientific presentation will now be entered into the Griffith Gold Coast Science Competition in the Communicating Science category.

Griffith Trivia Competition

QAHS once again had the pleasure of hosting the Griffith Science Trivia Competition. This year was the biggest event ever with schools from all over South East Queensland entering teams of four. Our Sports Hall was crammed with students, QAHS and Griffith staff – the atmosphere was electric. Our students performed very strongly and the Year 12 team made up of Ayla Tartic, Stefany Jeong, Daniel Chen and Clare McMath were in strong contention for overall victory right up until the last round. It was a great night and a wonderful opportunity for South East Queensland’s top STEM students to mingle in a friendly competitive environment.

Lunch with a Scientist

On Thursday 17 August, Year 11 students Maanvi Gharge, Alyssa Einhorn and Hannah Lee travelled by QAHS bus with Mr Mitchell to the Translational Research Institute (TRI), Brisbane. We were accompanied by Keebra Park SHS science teacher Mr Matt Fischer and three Year 11 Keebra Park students. The event was formatted as “speed dating” where groups of students and staff were given an opportunity to discuss research activities with TRI Scientists. Many of the researchers were working on cancer at a cellular level and it was amazing, hearing first hand, where cutting edge research is being directed in this area. We had the opportunity to talk more informally over lunch and our students were “buzzing” by the end of the event. Some students exchanged contact details with leading scientists in their field with a mind towards their Extended Essay next year and future research opportunities. A wonderful opportunity for the students involved.

Science Survivor

The 2017 Science Survivor was themed “Future Earth”.  It was a carnival of fun, challenging science based activities, cleverly designed and coordinated by our own Scientific Officers Ms Newlove and Ms Kaminski. Great fun was enjoyed by all students and the “future fishing” was voted as one of the highlight activities. The houses proudly displayed their colours and were extremely competitive in what is shaping up to be a very close house competition this year.  Ignis House took out the Science Survivor Grand Trophy for 2017.  Another big thanks to Ms Newlove and Ms Kaminski for all the work that went into Science Survivor.Mr Paul Mitchell
A/HOD Science and Enrichment