Squishy sci­ence stuff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

SQUISHY slime and hand-pumped rock­ets were the most pop­u­lar learn­ing tools for lo­cal chil­dren get­ting in­volved with Sci­ence Week on Tues­day.

Port Dou­glas State School con­ducted a hands-on les­son in sci­ence, with older stu­dents im­part­ing their knowl­edge to those en­rolled in Year 3 and younger.

ICT and sci­ence teacher Leigh Dunn said sci­ence sta­tions were set up in five mar­quees on the school oval with about 10 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

Mr Dunn said the young­sters had a blast learn­ing about mag­netism, static elec­tric­ity and hy­draulics, among other things.

“They’re learn­ing through play rather than us­ing a pen­cil and paper, so they ac­tu­ally get to see how it works for them­selves,” he said.

“It’s just hands-on in­ves­ti­ga­tion and learn­ing about sci­ence.

“They like the pump rock­ets, they’re pop­u­lar, and they like the slime be­cause it’s more sen­sory, it’s us­ing the sen­sa­tion of touch.”

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