Science wins hearts and minds at investigation night
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.”