Time travel and black holes
WITH the theme Lightning: So Frightening, students, parents and teachers were entertained and amazed at St Augustine’s Science Week’s presentation last Thursday night by travelling scientist, Dr Peter Eastwell.
More than 100 participants gathered around an array of equipment including a Van der Graaf generator and a Tesla Coil, both of which sparked and crackled with experiments showing the power of electrical energy.
Students were invited to participate in a range of experiments including how electricity flows through a variety of media, how to avoid being struck by lightning and what to do if you or someone close to you is electrocuted.
Dr Eastwell said he was impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and “the students’ inquisitiveness, especially in the young ones in Prep”.
“We underestimate the young ones,” he said, “as I just recently overheard some Year 2s talking about time travel and black holes.”
At the end of Dr Eastwell’s presentation, students were hosted by Ms Kath Williams, Australian Geographic Cairns, who demonstrated two telescopes and lead some star gazing.
Principal of St Augustine, Paul Raynor, said that STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are very important at the school, it being the only primary school in the shire to have a STEM laboratory.
“It is so vital that students are exposed to problem solving, research and experiments,” Mr Raynor said, “and our students spend at least one lesson a week in the STEM laboratory.”
This was the first time such a presentation was held at night which, according to Mr Raynor, was particularly opportune as parents could join in the fun.
Dr Peter Eastwell puts on an electrifying performance
Best done from afar