Science wins hearts and minds at in­ves­ti­ga­tion night

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Emilee Nee­son

Some of John Paul Col­lege’s bright­est young minds showed off their sci­en­tific tal­ent on Tues­day night at the school’s an­nual Science In­ves­ti­ga­tion evening.

Year 9 and 10 stu­dents in the aca­demic ex­ten­sion pro­gram in­vited fam­ily and friends along to see science projects they had been work­ing on this term, with ev­ery­thing from bak­ing and clean­ing to mu­sic cov­ered in depth.

Stu­dents spoke to the crowd about their projects and each guest gave them a score out of 30, judg­ing them on cre­ativ­ity, pre­sen­ta­tion skills and the qual­ity of re­search.

Shyla Casanova, Kyla Bareng and Sasha Kha­chon­nam, all 15, fo­cused their project on the ef­fect of dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic on the hu­man heart­beat, con­clud­ing that lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal mu­sic would slow the heart beat to the low­est num­ber of beats per minute of any genre.

Sasha said groups were given five weeks to com­plete the as­sign­ment and each group had to con­duct their own re­search, write a com­pre­hen­sive re­port on their find­ings and present them on an in­for­ma­tion board.

Head of science Gary Grafton said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion night was de­signed to get stu­dents talk­ing about their projects.

“Science is a sub­ject to be talked about and de­bated, not nec­es­sar­ily just writ­ten about,” he said.

“That’s what our night was about. Stu­dents started off a lit­tle bit shy, but as they talked more their con­fi­dence built.”

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