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Students are introduced to the scientific method by applying it in a hands-on trial and error experiment and then identifying and implementing changes to their method to improve the outcomes.

The program supports students to participate in the Peter Doherty Science Award, equipping them with the tools and inspiration to pursue their own scientific investigations. The workshop deliberately uses everyday materials that can be found in supermarkets, demonstrating to students that the application of science is accessible to everyone.

Part 1:

Given a model biological problem, students formulate a testable hypothesis and apply the scientific method to rapidly test the effectiveness of a range of solutions to control the growth of baker’s yeast.

Part 2:

The focus is on identifying the independent, dependent and controlled variables in relation to the execution of a fair test, and repeatable trials to support the validity of results.

Past 3:

Students repeat their experiment, implementing the improvements identified in part 2. Results and a scientific method poster template are taken back to school for discussion and completion.


Peter Doherty Science Awards

This program is recommended prior-learning for students participating in the Peter Doherty Science Awards which is a Ballarat region based competition for students in Years 7-10 working in small teams of 2-3 students.  The students carry out their own scientific research project on a topic of their interest and present their findings in a scientific poster. Finalist present oral reports to a panel of local expert judges. 

Prizes include $1000+ for students and their schools.

For more information about the Award, including the competition Guidelines and Judging Criteria for students click here.

For access to the extensive resources available to support students keen to participate in the awards including past winners entries, advice, and useful links, click here.


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