Kickstart at University of Sydney HSC Chemistry Excursion 2018

On June 27, 2018, the Year 12 Chemistry students accompanied by Mr Martin visited The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney to fully experience a day in the life of a university Chemistry student. The day was filled with a lot of information, fun activities and hands-on experiments where we had the great opportunity to use incredible university laboratory equipment.

We also had the opportunity to use an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), a magnificent piece of machinery that detects the presence and concentration of substances by analysing the spectrum produced when a substance is vapourised and absorbs certain frequencies of light of specific frequencies. In simpler terms, it’s a big machine with a very pretty flame that changes colour depending on what substance is present.

We also learned about more advanced concepts of chemistry and expanded our knowledge on the topics taught at school which was very helpful and informative. The instructors that patiently explained everything to us and gave up their time to give us the best experience of Sydney University’s School of Chemistry were amazing and personally, I walked out of the building feeling inspired.

As our time at the university was coming to an end, we needed to officially finish the day with a clique photo of all the Chemistry students in front the of the gorgeous ‘School of Chemistry’ building where hopefully some of us will return to, one day, to undergo future studies to become the next Marie Curie or Rosalind Franklin. All in all, this excursion was definitely a great experience for all of the Chemistry students.


                                                             – Zara Solomos (Year 12  Chemistry student and Science Prefect)