Schools engage with science
The whole Karratha community was invited to celebrate National Science Week this year, with a first-time public festival held for the occasion.
STEAM Fest is a new initiative of St Luke’s College and the Karratha Science Engagement Network.
Students, staff and members of the public converged at the high school on Friday night for a major event celebrating education in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.
Student finalists displayed their science projects for the public, while International Science Film Festival movies screened at the end of the night, and there were plenty of activities such as a computer coding station and microscope lab to get visitors to the festival involved in science.
St Luke’s College head of science Jenefer Wiltschut said the idea for STEAM Fest had arisen when the school wanted to show the Science Film Festival movies, and realised running the school’s annual STEAM project competition alongside it could make for a bigger event with broader appeal.
“Science is one of those subjects I think people (are) intrinsically attracted to because it’s the curious, it’s the weird, the wonderful … so we tried to put something together they could have a look at and be interested by,” she said.
The overall winner of the St Luke’s STEAM competition was Akshat Gupta, 15, with a “smart shoes” invention designed to convert walking motion into electricity.
Zoe Oliver, 15, was runner-up with an investigation into the effects of caffeine on memory.
Scitech professional learning consultant and STEAM Fest judge Steve Grant said he liked the fact that the event brought together many important elements of science education.
STEAM Fest winner Akshat Gupta, 15, and runner-up Zoe Oliver, 15.