Science week inspires stu­dents

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

Stu­dents from Pegs Creek Pri­mary School joined schools around the Pil­bara cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Science Week, an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of science in Aus­tralia.

The school’s theme for Na­tional Science Week 2015 was “Mak­ing waves – the science of light”, based on the In­ter­na­tional Year of Light.

Pegs Creek PS science cur­ricu­lum co-or­di­na­tor San­drine Konig said stu­dents from pre-pri­mary to Year 6 par­tic­i­pated in a range of fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties led by Brett Morellini from SciTech.

She said ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded paint­ing with UV paint and torches, mak­ing kalei­do­scopes and dis­cussing how UV light worked. “Af­ter a week­long build-up of daily “cool” science videos and re­ally bad jokes, ac­tiv­i­ties started with a bang on the Fri­day morn­ing,” she said.

“Stu­dents ro­tated in mixed groups with se­nior stu­dents act­ing as re­spon­si­ble school lead­ers and guid­ing stu­dents across var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties for the day.

“Thanks to Wick­ham Pri­mary School, stu­dents also were able to ex­pe­ri­ence Bee-Bots robots and for many stu­dents this was their first ex­pe­ri­ence at pro­gram­ming sim­ple robots.”

There is a va­ri­ety of ways schools and com­mu­ni­ties can get in­volved in Na­tional Science Week in fu­ture.

Visit www.sci­ence­week.net.au.

Pic­ture: Pegs Creek Pri­mary School

Arie Wat­son, Lu­cas Slade, Clive Cas­tres, Jack Rolle and Jai Sin­clair put their science skills to the test dur­ing Na­tional Science Week.

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