Saturday Club Term 4 – 2018 for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors

 Juniors (5-8 yrs)

Junior Saturday Club for Term 4 will focus on the theme of Biological Sciences and culminate with a joint Christmas Electronics session.  The biology program will be delivered by the Why Waite? team from the Adelaide Universities Waite Campus.  The three sessions will serve to expand agricultural processes, plant structure and biology and flavor and aroma. The participants can expect to grow their knowledge and vocabulary associated with biological sciences.

Please note that in the third session children will be expected to participate in a series of smelling and tasting of foods.  If your child has any allergies or intolerances to foods please advise us. On the day we will again be canvasing parents and carers for their approval before children can participate in the practical aspect of the session.

Session 1 – Paddock to Plate. Where does our current food come from? Understanding agriculture and what parts of plants we use for food and material. How do we aim for food security and feed a growing population? The ethics of genetic modification to plants – pros and cons? What would you do and why?

Session 2 – From Terrarium to Terra Forming. How and why do plants grow? How does a plant  know when to fruit or flower? Do they have an app on their iphone for the weather? Given our understanding of plant biology how would we go growing plants on the moon or in space?

Session 3 – That Smell Gets Right up my Nose. Finding the right word to explain what you taste or smell is key to many industries associated with agriculture. This session will experiment and investigate what we taste and how do we do it? We will go through activities to understand the basic flavours and how we perceive them, as well as understand why it is important to research flavour and aroma from both a biological as well as an industrial point of view.

The biology presenters will be two fantastic scientists

Dr Lieke Van Der Hult

Lieke has recently finished her PhD with the University in Adelaide, in the field of wine science. In her research she investigated the effects of bushfires near vineyards on flavour and aroma changes in wine. With a Bsc and Msc in biotechnology, Lieke was interested in both the chemical and molecular pathways in this research. Lieke currently combines her passions for science, communication and wine in her roles as the Why Waite science outreach coordinator (while Bianca is on maternity leave) as well as the Wine Media Cadet for Wine Communicators of Australia.

Dr Bianca Warnock

Bianca started her science career with a bachelor of biotechnology, followed by honours in plant disease resistance and a PhD in increasing iron in rice for human health. After dabbling in research for 5 years, Bianca said ‘goodbye’ to the lab bench and ‘hello’ to thousands of school students every year, who come to visit the Waite campus for the University of Adelaide. Through the Why Waite outreach program that Bianca designed and manages, high school students get to experience real labs and research coming out of the university, and envisage themselves in the future of science.

Session 4 – Here Comes Santa, Light up the Tree The fourth session in the term will be a more practical session where the children under direct supervision will make an LED Christmas tree. The session will commence with a discussion on circuits and components, issues beyond the basics like why do resistors have coloured bands on them, why bands and not numbers, how does an LED produce light compared to a conventional globe. The hands on side of the activity will require the participants to follow simple instructions and actually solder electronic components together. This session we hope is a precursor to more theoretical and practical electronics in 2019.

Intermediate (8-12 Yr)

Intermediate Saturday Club for Term 4 will focus on the theme of  Medicine and culminate with a joint Christmas Electronics session (NB this is a 3 session term there is no 27 Oct 18 session).  The two medical sessions will be delivered by two very senior medical doctors who specialize in unique environmental areas the first being space and the second underwater. The participants can expect to grow their medical knowledge, central issues to the physiology of being a human in these two extreme environments.

Session 1 –  Not offered.

Session 2 – Next Stop Planet X. What is a microgravity and how does that impact the human physiology? How do you mitigate these significant medical issues in prolonged space travel? The presenter will bring a number of items from his personal collection of items that have been in space.

Please note that in the space session children will be offered the opportunity to participate in a vestibular physiology experiment which involves a spinning chair. On the day we will again be canvasing parents and carers for their approval before children can participate in the practical aspect of the session.

Session 3 – We all live in a Yellow Submarine. How many tonnes of water can you lift? Each time you breath underwater your body must push back against the weight so when does the body meet its match? What other physiological challenges does being underwater present? Can we live there with the fish? if so how do we mitigate medical risks?

Session 4 – Light up the Tree. The fourth session in the term will be a more practical session where the children under direct supervision will make an LED Christmas tree. The session will commence with a discussion on circuits and components, issues beyond the basics like why do resistors have coloured bands on them, why bands not numbers, how does an LED produce light compared to a conventional globe. The hands on side of the activity will require the participants to follow simple instructions and actually solder electronic components together. This session we hope is a precursor to more theoretical and practical electronics in 2019.

The medical session presenters will be two experienced medical doctors

Dr Gordon Cable AO

A graduate of the University of Sydney, Gordon is a specialist in aerospace medicine, and a designated aviation medical examiner for CASA and CAD Hong Kong. His professional affiliations include:

  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine.
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, In the Discipline of Public Health, University of Adelaide.
  • Honorary Member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. (Committee member since 1996 and past president).
  • Member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine.
  • Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The author of many scientific publications, his professional interests include:

  • Altitude physiology of hypoxia and hypobaric decompression illness.
  • Hypoxia awareness training of military and civilian aircrew.
  • Postgraduate education in aerospace medicine for medical professionals.

Dr Andrew Southcott

Andrew studied medicine at University of Adelaide and was a medical practitioner before entering politics, serving as an intern and surgical trainee at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and as a surgical registrar at the Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park. Andrew was the sitting member for the South Australian seat of Boothby from 1996 – 2016 before he returned to his calling in medicine.

Seniors (12-16 Yr)

We are pleased to offer a four session block to our senior gifted and talented participants. The sessions will be presented by our very own Dr Michael Southcott who is a highly skilled electrical engineer with broad experience in design, management, business and production.

Session 1 – The Challenges of Living on the Moon. Are we there yet? Given the close proximity of the Moon and that we have already put our foot prints on it why are we not living there? This is a thinking workshop to look at the challenges of living on the Moon, and to creatively identify possible solutions.

Session 2 – The Challenges of Living on Mars. Building on the knowledge from our short trip to the Moon we venture to Mars. How would one live on Mars? A thinking workshop to look at the challenges of living on Mars, and to creatively identify potential solutions.

Session 3 – The Challenges of  Travelling and Living in our Solar System. Living on a planet offers you options such as a place to put your tent while the actual trip offers many other challenges. How would one live in space (not just travel)? A thinking workshop to look at the challenges of living in space.

Session 4 – Mysteries and a quanta of quantum. Richard Feynmann said “if you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics”. We touch on some everyday applications of quantum theory, then review some interpretation and critical experiments. We overview the computing paradigm and look at the IBM Q Experience. Finally we round out the session with some of the remaining mysteries in Physics.

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(Note GTCASA members to get your member discount please check email or contact giftedsa@gtcasa.asn.au for the promotional code before purchasing tickets)