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Taking off with science

16/09/2014
Steve Macpherson

This term, in recognition of National Science Week, Manly West State School has focussed on promoting Science. The Science focus commenced with come dressed as a scientist day in July. 

Steve Macpherson, a super science teacher from Wynnum State High School, then hosted a science spectacular in August for all the year levels. The prep students for example, saw how temperature made mud crabs move faster or slower and the Year 5s investigated the relationship between light and sight. In early September a science fair was held so that young scientists could conduct investigations at home and then display their findings for the rest of the school community. 

Finally, on September 12, every class in the school hosted a science morning inviting other year levels and the community into their classrooms to be entertained and educated about science.  The school’s scientist-in-residence, Dr Jane Fitzpatrick of Queensland University, was in attendance on  the day and managed to visit some classrooms and still have time to judge the wonderful projects on display at the science fair. 

As 2014 was the International Year of Crystallography, over the course of the term a year level crystal growing competition was held. The beautiful blue crystals were exhibited in the library where all could safely check on their growth. Michele Sullivan, the head of the science department at Bayside College, kindly agreed to present a sensational science show for the winning year level in term 4.  All in all, teachers, students and the wider community had an amazing term of science. 

 

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