Team of bud­ding sci­en­tists wins awards

South Western Times - - News -

BUN­BURY Pri­mary School stu­dents brought home fi­nal­ist awards after par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 59th Science Tal­ent Search com­pe­ti­tion run by the Science Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Western Aus­tralia.

Aim­ing to pro­mote science teach­ing and learn­ing, the com­pe­ti­tion judged stu­dents on their cre­ative project work through­out the year, with the fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at Scitech last week. Stu­dents Scar­lett Brown, Tom Brit­tain, Tayla Lawrence and Bai­ley For­rest were among teams who en­tered the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion by in­de­pen­dently dis­cussing a testable ques­tion, pro­vid­ing back­ground in­for­ma­tion, iden­ti­fy­ing con­trolled vari­ables and fol­low­ing a method to col­lect data and eval­u­ate.

School science spe­cial­ist Ka­t­rina Taaffe said the qual­ity of en­tries sub­mit­ted was pleas­ing and the suc­cess was met with sur­prise.

“Our en­tries were sub­mit­ted straight to Perth and as there are no win­ners for the pri­mary sec­tion, only fi­nal­ists, it was a pleas­ant sur­prise that one of our teams were suc­cess­ful,” she said.

The win­ning fi­nal­ists were pre­sented cer­tifi­cates and prize money by Scitech’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Deb Han­cock and pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion Glenda Les­lie.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury Pri­mary School Year 5 stu­dents Scar­lett Brown, Tom Brit­tain, science spe­cial­ist Ka­t­rina Taaffe, Tayla Lawrence and Bai­ley For­rest won fi­nal­ist awards at the Science Tal­ent Search.

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