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Our lab bench or yours? Kitchen Lab is on-campus and online this semester.

Missing the lab?  Forgotten how to use a pipette?  Perhaps you are a little rusty on calculating concentration?

Never fear, the Kitchen Lab team are here with a series of workshops that will help you revise and build confidence with those essential lab skills.  Take a look at what’s on offer this semester

To view available sessions and register to attend, follow this link to the events page.

Week Workshop Description
3 Tools of the Trade Get ready to head back to the lab!  Trial different equipment used for measuring in the lab, learn how to make measurements both accurate and precise, practise making up solutions.
4 Titrations and pH: colour changing unicorn solutions Practise doing a titration using a cabbage indicator solution and work through the relevant calculations.
5 Connect the dots: can your dilution make a perfect line? This workshop focuses on the use of the spectrophotometer and developing and using standard curves.
6 & 7 Exploding marshmallows (and other experiments) Pull all of your skills together to design and conduct an experiment.  Then analyse and interpret your data and develop the outline of a scientific report.

 

All on campus workshops are held at Gardens Point campus (GP O-304) on Wednesdays 1:30 – 3 pm and repeated at Kelvin Grove campus (KG S-106) on Thursday 2 -3:30 pm.

If you’d like to complete these workshops at home, online modules will be available for you to complete in your own time with a free take-home kit! Register your interest in a free kit at https://bit.ly/KitLabKit

To view and register for the sessions, follow this link to the events page.

If you have questions about the sessions, please contact the Kitchen Lab team at success.health@qut.edu.au

Calling all science educators! Tells us about your experience supporting science skills training during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and requirement to move learning online posed a unique challenge for science labs and associated practical activities.

We want to understand how you have adapted your laboratory and practical activities for online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This research is being conducted by Dr Christine Devine, Dr Dana Burfeind and colleagues at Queensland University of Technology Australia and will inform how we support and future-proof science skills training.

Tertiary educators around the world who support laboratory skills training in science disciplines are invited to complete an online survey.  Taking part in this study is voluntary and your responses will be anonymous.  The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

If you are willing to participate, click here to take the survey

This study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 2000000217).

 

What would MacGyver do? Capturing the science happening in your kitchen

We all know how valuable time in the laboratory is for developing those core science skills and supporting our understanding of key concepts. Sadly, with the current social distancing measures, tinkering in the lab is just not an option at the moment. How can we make the most of our time at home to support our science learning and skill development?

What would MacGyver do to keep his skills in tip-top shape?

 

 

 

 

We think he’d head straight to the STIMulate Blackboard page and check out the self-guided Kitchen Lab practical activities, make the most of the materials and space around him and get his science on!

Whether you’re looking to hone your skills on calculating concentrations, dilutions, spectrophotometry fundamentals, standard curves or experimental design, the link above will provide you with some quick activities and inspiration to bring the lab bench into your kitchen.

We also recognise that an important aspect of the Kitchen Lab workshops that cannot easily be replicated in this format is the social element and opportunity for feedback and discussion with peers. For this reason, we have scheduled some zoom sessions for Weeks 7 and 8 to provide an opportunity to come together and discuss the methodology, results, wins and challenges.  Visit the Kitchen Lab events listing to check the event details.

You can also show off the creative science happening in your kitchen by posting a picture on the padlet.
https://ssg.padlet.org/health_ssg/8abxprjgze0s

Happy Sciencing!

Kitchen Lab is now available in YOUR kitchen!!

It’s time to move the science skills from the laboratory bench to the kitchen bench.

Kitchen Lab is a fun and light-hearted place for students to practice critical laboratory skills without the pressures of assessment.  We love working with you in the workshops, but the current situation means we have to shake things up a little!

Bookmark this page so you can access guided activities, videos and register to join us for an online session.

If you have any questions, get in touch with the Kitchen Lab team at success.health@qut.edu.au

 

 

Workshop 7: Analysing data & writing reports – Putting all of the pieces together

Do you think vaccines cause autism? That climate change isn’t real? That eating genetically modified crops is safe? That antibiotics can cure a cold? Scientific evidence helps us answer all of these questions. Being able to communicate our findings is an important scientific skill. Check out this video of last year’s 3 minute thesis (3MT) competition winner in action.

It’s said that maths, often statistics, are the language of science so knowing how to analyse and present data is a core skill. In this workshop we worked in small groups to produce graphs and descriptive statistics to describe the outcome of an experiment. We then worked through how we would present this in a scientific report.

Find out more and register to attend a session today by visiting our registration page .

To contact the Kitchen Chemistry team email success.health@qut.edu.au .

Workshop 6: Experimental Design – Exploding Marshmallows!

Could you show that following the Mediterranean diet improved the gut microbiome? Whether podiatry care prevented falls in elderly patients? If coloured lenses benefit patients with age-related macular degeneration? Whether analysing circulating tumour DNA could replace invasive biopsies? To do so you’d need good experimental design skills. In this workshop we worked in teams to hone these skills by investigating how changing the environment affected the mighty Australian dwarf marshmallow and the reclusive North American giant marshmallow.

After this workshop would you be able to design a better experiment than the famous marshmallow test? Check out this article to see how difficult good marshmallow test design is.

Find out more and register to attend a session today by visiting our registration page .

To contact the Kitchen Chemistry team email success.health@qut.edu.au .

Workshop 5: Connect the dots: Can your dilution make a perfect line?

We all know that molecules are too small to be seen so we’re often in the dark about what a sample consists of, how pure it is or how quickly it’s reacting. With spectrophotometry we can use light to ‘see’ all of these aspects, spectrophotometry is therefore a widely used technique. Working in small teams we extracted chlorophyll from spinach, then used serial dilution to prepare a range of samples of known concentrations. Spectrophotometric analysis of these samples allowed us to construct a standard curve, we could then use this to work out the concentration of an unknown sample.

This workshop was good for

  • Understanding how spectrophotometry works
  • Practising extraction techniques and serial dilutions
  • Establishing good spectrophotometer technique
  • Constructing standard curves and understanding how to use them

Find out more and register to attend a session today by visiting our registration page .

Want to know more about spectrophotometry before attending the workshop? Check out these videos on spectrophotometry and standard curves.

To contact the Kitchen Chemistry team email success.health@qut.edu.au .

Workshop 4: Colour Changing Unicorn Solutions – Titrations

Ever wondered how we know the dose of ibuprofen in Nurofen tablets? The amount of vitamin C in orange juice? The amount of sugar in a diabetic’s blood? Titrations can be used to verify all these concentrations. Working in small groups we first investigated the sensitivity and range of our indicator before practising our titration skills.

This workshop was good for:
• Interpreting stoichiometric ratios
• Appraising the uses and limits of pH indicators
• Practising accurate titration technique
• Constructing titration curves and understanding what the different regions tell us
• Understanding how buffers work and how to calculate their range

Find out more and register to attend a session today by visiting our registration page .

Want to know more about titrations before attending the workshop? Check out these videos on stoichiometry, indicators, titrations and titration curves.

To contact the Kitchen Chemistry team email success.health@qut.edu.au .

Workshop 3: Making Potions – Solutions and Dilutions

We’re all used to using solutions and dilutions in our daily lives – making a good strength gin and tonic or diluting Ribena with water for example. Getting concentrations and dilutions right is vital for health and science students, this article highlights just how important this skill is. In this workshop we individually made a series of solutions, including a master mix, before practising dilutions.

After this workshop would your skills be up to making the ideal martini? Check out this video to see how it’s done.

This workshop was good for:

  • Understanding the different units we use to describe concentration, including molarity
  • Appreciating the common mistakes when preparing solutions and knowing how to avoid them
  • Practising pipetting accurately
  • Understanding how to make, and why we use, master mixes
  • Calculating (using C1V1 = C2V2) volumes required for, and making, dilutions

Find out more and register to attend a session today by visiting our registration page .

To contact the Kitchen Chemistry team email success.health@qut.edu.au

Workshop 2: Hitting the Bulls Eye – All About Measurement

We all know the importance of accurate measurement – no one wants their curry to be a phaal when they ordered a korma. Good measurement depends on good technique as well as accurate and precise equipment, check out this video to see why. In this workshop we worked in pairs to investigate the accuracy and precision of different types of lab equipment, including equipment like micro-pipettes. We then calculated how accurate and precise we could be with this equipment.

After this workshop would your measuring skills be up to making the perfect brownie? Have a look at this video to see how it’s done.

This workshop was good for:
• Understanding the difference between accuracy and precision
• Analysing which equipment we’d use to measure different volumes
• Practising how to pipette accurately
• Discussing sources of error and how to minimise their affect
• Calculating standard deviation, accuracy and precision

Find out more and register to attend a session today by visiting our registration page .

To contact the Kitchen Chemistry team email success.health@qut.edu.au .