Kitchen Lab Take-home kits are here! Get your kitchens ready!

Hi there everyone!

Kitchen Lab take-home kits are ready to roll (or pick-up). Some may have picked them up already! If you have registered for a kit and have asked for a campus to pick it up from, rest assured they are there. You will have been emailed with where to pick-up your kit from and with what time, or you will have requested when from us.

We have started a Padlet with all the information about the take away kits, including the MSDS safety sheets for each substance given, and what all the equipment is, just in case you’ve never seen it or used it before. We’ll include lab notes and Articulate rise modules, as well as a way to get in touch with Christine, Josh and Rhiannon in case you want to contact us for questions or just a chat (see Padlet link above).

We’ll be setting up some online and in person sessions to help out with the kits as well, so stay tuned.

And just for your benefit, here’s some pictures to see how the kits came together and the chaos our small office became. Have fun in your kitchen lab!

P.S. – We have started an Instagram account for Kitchen Lab! If you take some good photos of your experiments, or want us to put up some photos, feel free to tag or contact us!

Instagram: @kitchenlabscience

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

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 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