Queensland Alumina Limited development chemist environment and communities Skye McGrath showed teachers the fun side of science with several experiments at the Science Education Experience program for National Science Week at CQUniversity Gladstone Marina campus. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Queensland Alumina Limited development chemist environment and communities Skye McGrath showed teachers the fun side of science with several experiments at the Science Education Experience program for National Science Week at CQUniversity Gladstone Marina campus. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA230815SCIN

Science Week: Skye makes chemicals fun

MAKING sure alumina crystals are at the correct particle size is one of Skye McGrath's main roles.

But the development chemist environment and communities at Queensland Alumina Ltd also enjoys getting into classrooms to show students how much fun science can be.

Chemical reactions that go "pop", "fizz" and "whirr" are part of her specialty, and the pure enjoyment she gets while pouring liquid nitrogen and seeing people's reactions is priceless.

"I love science and I do believe that we need to get the kids of today excited about it... I still get excited about it," she said.

Skye has been delivering the school program since she began at QAL five years ago, and said she was proud that her workplace allows its staff to come out and provide resources for students and teachers.

"It's great," she said.

"Our lab team has been involved in National Science Week for many years."

She said it could be as little as a small presentation before doing experiments.

"To get a chemist coming in with liquid nitrogen is fun," she said.

"We can come through and show you how we make crystals on an industrial scale.

"For me it's that these kids are our next scientists... I love going out and giving them ideas."