Science Week 2017 - Glasshouse Christian College

Science Week 2017

  • August 21, 2017

Science Week 2017

Monday – Robotics and Coding Day
On Monday 14 August 15 students from Year 8 attended a Robotics and Coding Day held at the USC Innovation Centre, Sippy Downs.
The Robotics and Coding Day was presented by Dr Damien Kee. Damien encouraged the students to use robotics to think creatively, analyse situations and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to real world problems. Students applied teamwork and co-operation and learnt it is acceptable to make mistakes, especially if it leads them to better solutions.
Students used LEGO Education EV3 robot kits to explore and enhance their coding and sensor knowledge. They were presented with a number of challenges for their robots to undertake. By testing their models and improving performance, students exercise problem-solving and team working skills.

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.

GCC Families can see all the photos here.

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

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