Last week, students at QACI and QASMT attended a celebration ceremony at QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) following 12 months of study in the sciences with student graduates and professors from QUT.
Wenonah Van Damme, Year 12 QACI Student provides her reflection of the ceremony and the experience at hand.
fair to say that 6 months ago, when the IHBI placement program began we were a
little overwhelmed. Some of the
professors and students we were working with used words we didn’t understand,
and there was a huge gap between our own knowledge and the level of science being
conducted at IHBI.
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, or as we call it, IHBI, was
generous enough to allow placements for Year 11 students from QACI last year,
as well as some students from QASMT to work with their University graduates and
professors. For the last 6 months, students have been conducting research with
these university professionals at the QUT laboratory, either for their Extended
Essay, Internal Assessment or just because they have a valid interest and
passion for science. This included hydrogels, stem cells and even some physics
was fortunate enough to work with Dr Abbas Shaffiee, a leading researcher in
Australia for stem cells. The placement program allowed me to learn more about
science and work in the QUT laboratory, come up with my own research question
and experiment with stem cells, an opportunity over and above our normal school
environment. Not only am I able to use this research for my Extended Essay in
biology, but seeing the results of what science can achieve has further engaged
me in the subject of Biology.
Thursday the 28th of March, we had our closing ceremony which
allowed us to celebrate our achievements, as well as share our reflections and
results with the other students, professors and staff. The consensus was clear:
this was a defining moment in our high school life, even if we were a little
overwhelmed at first.
are so excited to continue our progress in our Internal Assessment and Extended
Essays so we can share our results on paper, and see the next generation of QACI
students further explore the sciences.
...article written by Wenonah Van Damme, Year 12 QACI