It’s been a busy start to the year, as always in Science. Our Year 7 students have enthusiastically been learning about laboratory safety and learning to select the correct equipment fit for purpose. They are putting this knowledge into practice when doing experiments, and students will be gaining their Bunsen burner licenses over the next few weeks.
The Year 8 Science students have focused on the States of Matter, particularly concentrating on the behavior of particles in solids, liquids, and gases. Highlights of this topic were the Diffusion with Skittles and making Oobleck experiments.
Control and Coordination is the focus of Core Science in Year 9; students have been learning about Body Control Systems, exploring nerves, the brain, eyes and hormones. For the first time Year 9 students were given the opportunity to choose Forensic Science and Sustainability (which will be offered in Semester 2) in addition to the Innovate Science electives.
All senior science classes are well underway with many opportunities for students to be involved in hands on learning; including simulations of TRP Operons made from pool noodles, Diffusion and Osmosis experiments, using Calorimeters, testing Alkali Metals in Water and flame testing chemical compounds.
Melinda Lori Pui
SCIENCE KEY LEARNING HEAD