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High school students get hands-on in department labs

Posted by on 20 January 2016 | Comments

University students are still on holiday, but the department is alive with bright young minds as high school students from around the country take part in this week's Hands-On at Otago programme.

The goal of Hands-On at Otago, formerly known as Hands-On Science, is to demonstrate some of the activities that researchers are involved in and to encourage talented young New Zealanders to consider further study. The students get a taste of many different areas of study, including for the first time this year, humanities and commerce subjects. 

The groups attending sessions in the Microbiology and Immunology teaching labs this week have learned flow cytometry skills, prepared blood smear slides and calculated their ELISA results using Excel.

Group at lab bench

Putting tube in FACS machine

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