Rock­ets, ro­bot­ics and sci­en­tific fun

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

PRI­MARY school stu­dents from across Som­er­set got the chance to ex­plore ev­ery­thing sci­ence with just un­der 500 young­sters gather­ing for the Min­den State School Sci­ence Fair.

Kids got a chance to see Rocket Man Ari Pi­irainen launch sev­eral rock­ets on the school oval, checked out a host of stalls fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from ro­bot­ics to ge­ol­ogy be­fore fin­ish­ing the day with a bal­loon pow­ered car com­pe­ti­tion.

Min­den State School Sci­ence and Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Jenni Ei­nam said the day was used as a cel­e­bra­tion of sci­ence.

“In small schools we can’t of­ten af­ford to get some of the things to come into us (on a reg­u­lar ba­sis) but by hav­ing it here I’m able to have all the schools come in and par­tic­i­pate,” Mrs Ei­nam said.

“We’re just try­ing to make it ac­ces­si­ble to chil­dren, a lot of them never go to Bris­bane so would never go to a sci­ence fair.”

In her role at the school, Mrs Ei­nam wanted to fos­ter a love for sci­ence.

“I try to do a lot of hands-on stuff,” she said.

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