Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Science Update

Science Update 20.10.17

2017 Inaburra Science Fair
Our Open Day last term provided at opportunity to showcase the Science project work of Year 10. A former Inaburra student, Ben Kelly, judged the projects using 3 criteria – scientific potential, presentation and originality. Prizes were awarded to 4 students but we congratulate all the Year 10 students who were nominated by their teachers to participate in the 2017 Science Fair. They have all demonstrated the attributes of curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in applying the scientific process.

1st Oliver E. “Temporary Natural Disaster Shelter”
2nd Jordan H.  “Life Support in a Blanket”
3rd Lily W. “The Rising of the Cakes”

Highly Commended
Will S. “What NRL kicking method gives the furthest distance?"

Oliver E. “Temporary Natural Disaster Shelter” 
Jordan H.  “Life Support in a Blanket”

Lily W. “The Rising of the Cakes”

Will S. “What NRL kicking method gives the furthest distance?

The Young Scientist Awards
The Young Scientist Awards are a statewide competition for school students organised by the NSW Science Teachers’ Association. They require a standard of excellence in developing a research project that has a real-life application. The following students are congratulated on their selection for the Young Scientist Awards:
Models and Innovations Years 10-12
Jordan Hood
James Manning

Working Scientifically Years 10-12
Jordan Hood
Sophie Dynon
Shelley Young

The Models and Innovations were showcased at the Sydney University Open Day last term and we were excited when Jordan Hood was awarded Highly Commended for her project, “Life Support in a Blanket”. We have also been notified that Jordan has been awarded a prize in the Working Scientifically category and, as one of the top 15 entrants in NSW, has been shortlisted for the 2018 International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, USA. In addition, she will now represent NSW in the BHP Billiton National Science Awards. We are eagerly awaiting further news of Jordan’s success at a presentation event in November.

Ann Hanna, STANSW Young Scientist Awards Coordinator, says “Congratulations to your school for this excellent achievement in this major New South Wales STEM event”.

Growing Tall Poppies Program
The Growing Tall Poppies Program is a physics-based work experience program for girls in NSW and Victoria. Last term 5 of our Year 10 students, Sophie D, Jessica D, Phoebe P, Georgia E and Kristina E, participated in this program for 2 days at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Students listened to and worked with physicists in the lab and toured the ANSTO site at Lucas Heights. Mr Bailey attended the presentation on the final day of the program.
When students were recently interviewed by Chris, a researcher from Deakin University, about their experience, they were very positive. The students described how the program had given them a greater understanding of the process of scientific research, the need to blend all science disciplines in the process of research and the role of critical thinking in scientific inquiry. All students found the program to be of benefit in informing future career and tertiary education choices as well as subject selection for senior high school.

Congratulations girls, you are great ambassadors for our school. It was a pleasure to hear your insightful interview responses.

Mrs Gordon
Science Teacher

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