‘Destination Moon’ was the theme of this year’s National Science Week. This was an inspiring time for our secondary Science students who involved themselves with enthusiasm in our activities for the week.
To kick off Science Week at the school, students had a opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Josh Richards. Josh, selected from over 200,000 initial applicants worldwide, is currently one of 100 astronaut candidates shortlisted for a one-way mission to Mars in 2031 as part of the Mars One Project. Students asked interesting questions covering topics such as diet, training, leaving family, and isolation. Josh answered all questions with insight. We wish him the very best as he prepares for final selection.
Year 7 students were on a mission to design and build a model of a moon base that could be used to establish a colony on the Moon.
Students in Year 8 were tasked with designing and building Solar Ovens. After spending a designated time in full sunlight the ‘space food’ in the ovens was temperature tested.
Year 9 Science students created self-propelled lunar rovers, powered by rubber bands. The students need to maximise their given equipment to race against fellow students in their cohort.
Our Year 10 students built air rockets and launchers in groups using coloured card, PVC pipes, tape and plastic bottles. The students came up with unique designs as part of a competition to see who could design a rocket that could be launched the furthest. The longest distance officially measured across four classes was 53 metres!
In Term 3 our Year 11 Marine and Maritime Studies students conducted weekly dissections as part of the Marine Biology component of the course. Students are gaining an understanding of the anatomy of different marine phyla and their identifying features. During one session, the focus was on crustaceans. The students were immersed in actively dissecting and learning about crayfish and it was a joy to see them so engaged in the activity!