A group of high school science teachers has enhanced their professional development through practical training in microbiology techniques provided by the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences.Teachers examine microbiological samples

Twenty-seven teachers and laboratory technicians from 18 secondary schools attended the workshop, which took place at UQ's St Lucia campus on 16 February.

The main aim of the 2011 workshop was to give teachers ideas for incorporating practical microbiology work into their class programing.

Associate Lecturer Elwyn Oldfield, who presented the workshop, along with two PhD students Daniel Wurpel and Justin Roby, who are experienced tutors, demonstrated techniques for preparing media for growing, observing and keeping microbes.

The small number in the group meant that each teacher was able focus on brushing up on techniques that may not have been used since university studies.

"I've been relearning skills which I had forgotten", said Julie Brosnan, Scientific Operations Officer from Keebra Park State High School on the Gold Coast.

Ms Brosnan is looking forward to incorporating the activities at school, and expects that her students will respond with interest. "Hopefully they'll want to study more microbiology- maybe even at uni!" she added.

To find out about upcoming workshops, contact us.

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