In September, four Year 10 Science students were invited to participate in an exciting new pilot study held at UWA – The Australian Barcode for Life. As one of only 8 schools in the state invited to participate, the girls were excited to learn more about conserving native species.
The first day of this project involved BioBarcode’s Scientist mentors guiding the girls through the techniques of DNA barcoding in the chemistry labs at UWA. The theory involved in these processes is taught in the Year 12 ATAR Biology and Human Biology syllabus, so the younger students were very excited to be learning about, and trying these advanced techniques.
The second day at UWA involved a morning lab session where the students were filmed completing these experimental processes. This footage was shared in a live Facebook event. After sharing lunch with PHD students, medical researchers, and educators the students then prepared for their final presentation.
The girls presented their findings in the main auditorium at the University Club during the 2021 Biodiversity Conference to an audience of over 300 professionals. They spoke eloquently and shared their ideas about conservation with confidence.
“I was so proud to see our girls shine and represent our school with pride. I look forward to taking future groups to conduct this important lab work and I hope to encourage further interest in Biotechnology and STEM.” – Astor Dobson, Science Teacher.