Fair brings sci­ence to fore­front

Min­den hosts 500 stu­dents

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

CLOSE TO 500 chil­dren con­verged on Min­den State School for their an­nual sci­ence fair to in­dulge in their love for all things tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics.

The com­bined ef­forts of Tarampa, Claren­don, Coominya and Glam­or­gan Vale state schools al­lowed Min­den to host a range of ex­cit­ing dis­plays and stalls for all stu­dents to en­joy.

It is the fifth year the an­nual fair has been held at the school.

Min­den’s STEAM fa­cil­i­ta­tor Jenni Ei­nam said the wide range of stalls en­abled chil­dren to get hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence with ev­ery­thing from ro­bot­ics to ge­ol­ogy.

The com­pe­ti­tion for the 2018 fair in­volved stu­dents grow­ing sun­flower plants and more than 50 were en­tered last Thurs­day.

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❝The kids as­so­ciate the fun with sci­ence. They can see the real-life ap­pli­ca­tion.

— Jenni Ei­nam

Bris­bane-based Street Sci­ence was the premier dis­play on the day.

By en­sur­ing they’re hav­ing fun, they al­most for­get they’re learn­ing some­thing at the same time,” Ms Ei­nam said.

“Most of the dis­plays are in­ter­ac­tive so there’s lots of stuff for the kids to do.

“The fo­cus this year for us is on sci­ence and STEAM because within the next two years, it’s com­pul­sory for schools in Queens­land to teach STEAM.

“The kids as­so­ciate the fun with sci­ence. They can see the real-life ap­pli­ca­tion. Sci­ence is ev­ery­thing.”

The unity between par­tic­i­pat­ing schools al­lows them to pull in top at­trac­tions, which they would cer­tainly not be able to do on their own.

Stu­dents from Lowood State High School and Faith Lutheran Col­lege, Plain­land also led dis­plays.

“To have a group like Street Sci­ence to come in, it’s very ex­pen­sive,” Ms Ei­nam said.

(It’s im­por­tant stu­dents) get the ex­po­sure to it.

“We’re all small schools. (The part­ner­ship) al­lows us to bring this stuff in.”

PHOTOS: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

RE­SULTS: Darcy Palmer, Eli Vayro and Matt North show off their sun­flower plants.

RIGHT: Molly Ren­ner, Ben Mcdon­ald and Cooper Stoes­sel.

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