Making a difference with science
Matamata Intermediate School students continue their regular series of stories for the Chronicle.
Boom! Splash! Hiss! What was that? That was Matamata Intermediate having a blast during our Science Weeks and working on our projects for the East Waikato Science Fair.
Students at intermediate have been learning the wonderful science behind matter, atoms and chemical reactions.
All classes were involved in different projects and hands on experiments throughout the two weeks and hopefully some of the excitement was brought home to share.
The main focus of Science Weeks was to build understanding of how we can use science to explain the world around us.
To do this, students needed to ask questions, find evidence, carry out experiments and then think about how all this learning applies and makes a difference in the real world.
One of the many projects, was adding citric acid solution with baking soda in a beaker to make a reaction then putting a balloon over it.
We learnt, through this experiment, that chemical reactions can be exothermic, creating hot air which rises. We even made Elephant Toothpaste!
Another aspect of science this term, for some students, is the Science Fair.
Science Fair is coming up soon and there are going to be a lot of entries, each one different to each other.
The majority of our projects will be entered into the East Waikato Science Fair, held in Morrinsville at the end of this term.
But the category of Observational Drawing is only available in the Hamil- ton Science Fair.
Congratulations to Jessica Walton being awarded first place for her scientific drawing and Charlie Nicholls receiving a highly commended.
The next two big science fair projects are Investigation and Technology.
The investigation is an investigation into a subject, using science to explain the outcomes and the technology is an invention, to solve a need.
Visit our Facebook page for the outcomes of this Science Fair, at the end of the term.
The students of Matamata Intermediate at the Science Fair.