This Day provided students with cross-curricular opportunities in STEM.
Monday lunch-time Mrs Draper demonstrated explosive hydrogen gas to the students.
The students also made their own ‘lava’ lamps using food colouring, water, vegetable oil and alka seltzer tablets.
Wednesday – “Women in Science” workshops at USC
On Wednesday a group of Year 9 girls attended the “Fly far and beyond” Women in Science Workshop conference at the University of the Sunshine Coast(USC).
The students had a wide range of workshops to chose from such as:
App Design; Future Earth; 3DMotion Capture; Engage Interactive Technologies; Design Engineers; Analytical Science and “Was that a lactose free milkshake”?
Throughout the day various female guest speakers spoke about their research and educational pathways that are available at USC for students who are keen to pursue a career in Science. The students were thoroughly engaged throughout the day.
Thursday – Primary School Science Demonstrations
On Thursday the Science Ambassadors (Jayde Curtis, Catherine Manthey, and Jacob Kassiou) with the help of the senior Chemistry students (Jack Brander, Jasmine Andrews, Nathan Wood, Calim Stevenson, Jesse Woods, Thayne Anderson, Dalton Kariz and Trent Ingle), performed various experiments to get the Primary students excited about Science.
The Primary school students watched in anticipation at the numerous jaw dropping experiments. Some of the experiments demonstrated were: the Elephant toothpaste experiment; invisible ink; balloon kebabs; the carbon dioxide fire extinguisher; the disappearing water in the cup trick and the crowd favourite, the exploding hydrogen balloon.
Several students volunteered to have their hair stand on its ends when they put their hand on the Van der Graaf generator. This was definitely a hair raising experience for these volunteers. I would like to thank all the Senior students involved, for their excellent demonstrations and for their time and enthusiasm.
Finally, a big thanks to Mrs Ritson, Mrs Draper, Mr Ware, Mr Paul and Mr Libby for all their help and preparation with Science Week 2017.
Fenton Doolan, Head of Science