by Al Williams
Roncalli College pupils have benefited from a travelling science show.
College biology teacher Felicity Caldwell co-ordinated the Lab in a Box visit after seeing the shipping container in Oamaru.
Based in Dunedin, Lab in a Box is a mobile science laboratory, built in a 6m shipping container, which comes fully equipped with science gear, scientists and researchers.
It is a partnership between various agencies, including the University of Otago and Otago Museum, with government funding and sponsorship.
Roncalli pupils spent last week studying climate change in the Antarctic and testing fake urine samples to determine the presence of diabetes.
Ms Caldwell worked alongside Otago University senior lecturer Dr Andrew Bahn and Otago Museum outreach co-ordinator Nathalie Wierdak in a combined effort to give pupils an interactive science experience.
“My year 13 biology class is doing a kidney laboratory. They are learning about the structure of the kidney and looking at fake urine samples to determine the presence of diabetes,” Ms Caldwell said.
Lab in a Box
- Designed to be a resource to excite school pupils, communities and teachers about experimental science.
- The aim is to engage communities and students from primary to tertiary.
- Participants can carry out science projects in an effort to help everyone turn their hand to practical science, discover how science works and what scientists do.
- Resources include the Science Learning Hub and Science Media Centre.
- Aimed at rural communities not readily exposed to science or scientists, but who are custodians of the land and water.