School over­run by mad sci­en­tists

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SEAN AN­THONY Sean An­thony is a UTAS jour­nal­ism stu­dent.

STAFF and stu­dents have gone mad for sci­ence at Collinsvale Pri­mary School.

The whole school dressed as sci­en­tists, with an ar­ray of lab coats and at least one Al­bert Ein­stein wig, as part of Na­tional Sci­ence Week last week.

“All 44 stu­dents from Kinder to Grade 6 par­tic­i­pated in the ac­tiv­i­ties,” prin­ci­pal Kel In­nis said.

Teach­ers and lo­cal vol­un­teers in­clud­ing a bi­ol­o­gist, in­dus­trial chemist and a high school sci­ence teacher set up in­ter­ac­tive sta­tions which were vis­ited by stu­dents through­out the day.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded work­ing with vol­ca­noes, ex­plo­sions, earth­quake re­sis­tance and sense test­ing.

Ms In­nis said it was the first time Collinsvale Pri­mary had con­ducted an ac­tiv­i­ties day in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Na­tional Sci­ence Week, and the school planned to make it an an­nual event.

Collinsvale Pri­mary is one of 280 schools awarded Na­tional Sci­ence Week school grants to fund their ac­tiv­i­ties.

The grant was pro­vided by the Aus­tralian Sci­ence Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which dis­trib­uted $90,000 of Fed­eral Govern­ment funds.

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