Science Week was celebrated with lots of cool things to see and get involved with!
We would like to again thank all of the teachers that conducted these sessions and their Science and STEM Academy assistants. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the lab technicians who worked tirelessly to prepare all of the experiments
Recently, our Year 12 Chemistry students participated in the Victorian Titration Competition.
They used analytical techniques which they learn in their Year 12 Chemistry Course to accurately determine the concentration of ethanoic acid in vinegar. The students needed to use correct rinsing and proper titration technique to get a close to the true unknown concentration of the ethanoic acid as possible.
Our after school program this Term were themed around particular areas of Science. These workshops were not only educational, they were also loads of fun!
Children engaged in hands-on activities in our Science Laboratories which promoted curiosity, creativity and learning.
Week One was a lesson in Psychology where the children explored how sight can impact taste. In the first experiment, we took away the students sight with a blindfold to see if they could still guess the flavour of the skittle they were tasting. In the second experiment, they still had their sight, but what they were tasting had been altered in colour.
In Week Two the students were introduced to Physics through a fun activity which demonstrated the concept of frictionless motion by building hovercrafts! The hovercrafts were powered using air from a balloon to levitate craft made from a compact disk.
In Week Three the students made their own acid/base indicator with red cabbage! This Chemistry activity certainly had the kids saying, “Wow!” They learnt that red cabbage can be used as a pH indicator! They could tell if something was an acid or a base just by mixing it with red cabbage juice!
In Week Four the students leant about DNA. Through strawberry DNA extraction science experiment the children encouraged DNA strands to release from their cells and bind together so they could see them with their naked eye!
We hope our budding young scientists had as much fun as we did!