(from left) Sinead Jacobson (FCAC) and Jemma Gameau (Sandy Strait S/S).
(from left) Sinead Jacobson (FCAC) and Jemma Gameau (Sandy Strait S/S). Alistair Brightman

CSI comes to classroom

WEARING white lab coats, rubber gloves and clear safety goggles, a group of the best and brightest Year 7 students from around the region tried to identify a murder weapon at the University of Southern Queensland in Hervey Bay yesterday.

Of course the knife was fake and the victim was a dummy but that didn't stop the students keenly pursing the answer.

Professor Grant Daggard, Deputy Dean of Sciences at USQ's Toowoomba campus, led two classes through the forensic science crime scene activity.

Others in the overall group of more than 60 students at USQ's inaugural Day of Excellence did spy detection projects, creative thinking classes, colourful chemistry or maths adventures at USQ or at Fraser Coast Anglican College.

The classes were designed to focus on fun and creativity while being challenging to the top-achieving students from five schools in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

USQ Fraser Coast campus provost Ken Stott said the students were taken to a new intellectual level.

“This is an opportunity to engage the students in innovative learning experiences,” he said.



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