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ICAS Science & Digital Technologies

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s ICAS Science and Digital Technologies competitions. Students received their certificates today at our weekly assembly and there were some very impressive results!

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Participation – Grayson, Ty, Ember, Eleanor (top 49%) and Blade (top 49%)

Merits – Eliza (top 37%), Griffin (top 43%), Duncan (top 43%) and Amie (top 43%)

Credits – Celeste (top 19%), Chelsea (top 32%), Fin (top 12%), Dexter (top 32%), Emma (top 21%) and Sam (top 30%)

Distinctions – Raquel (top 5%), William (top 8%), Oscar (top 2%) and Noah K (top 2%). Principal Awards to Noah K and Oscar!

Digital Technologies

Participation – Eliza, Ty and Fin (top 50%)

Merits – Duncan (top 45%)

Credits – Emma (top 19%), Raquel  (top 26%), Grayson (top 19%), Jayden (top 34%), William (top 13%), Amie (top 26%), Ember (top 20%), Griffin (top 20%), Blade (top 20%), Eleanor (top 36%) and Sam (top 36%)

Distinctions – Dexter (top 8%), Celeste (top 6%) and Oscar (top 2%)

High Distinction & Principal’s Award – Noah K (top 1%)

Tasty Science

This term we have been learning all about the Solar System and Space and this week we all enjoyed a rather delicious lesson about the moon. Have a look at our photos below of students replicating the phases of the moon using Oreos. Students also have an optional homework task of completing a Moon Tracker for a month.

Planetarium visit

To tie in with our Science unit this term on the Solar System, Mrs Bowman has organised a terrific opportunity for all our students with an incursion to the Planetarium. The OC’s visit is booked in for Tuesday 30th May (next week) so please ensure your note and payment has been returned. It’s going to be out of this world!

Year 5 STEM Festival

Well done to the Year 5 students who attended yesterday’s Hunter Valley STEM Festival to compete in the Jaguar Primary School Challenge for 2016. Students headed off first thing in the morning to the Forum at the University of Newcastle to race their model Jaguar race cars that they have been busy designing, constructing, and modifying for the past 2 weeks. This has been a fantastic opportunity for students to experience another application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills and for them to be part of their own mini pit crew. Students were put into teams consisting of a ManagerEngineer, and Graphic Designer. They worked together to develop a design for their Jaguar race car and research modifications that could be made to add wings and spoilers that could potentially give their Jaguar an advantage on the track. Yesterday, students were able to see how well their modifications had worked by placing their cars on a tether line and inserting a compressed CO² canister into the back of their Jaguar. Students then had the challenge of trying to achieve the best reaction time possible at the start line as their Jaguars zoomed down the track. Students were also able to look at a host of interactive exhibits from High School challenges.

Congratulations to the Melissa McCARthys team who scored the best reaction time and race time for Tighes Hill! Here are photos and videos from the day. Enjoy!​

Mini EV Festival

Well done to everyone who came along to Cameron Park Raceway yesterday to participate in the Mini EV Festival! What a great day – it was wonderful to see the sun shining and lots of families, friends and puppies come out to support us! I was so proud of the fantastic effort all our students made during this project, working on their carts, making team shirts and exhibiting enthusiastic team spirit. A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Bob, who helped us each week with this project. Enjoy the photos below.

ICAS Science

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s ICAS Science competition. We had many students take part and this year’s papers were 300-px-2000px-Science-symbol-2-copyquite comprehensive and challenging so it was great to see students do their best. Students received their certificates at our assembly today. Well done to Ty, Elsie, Sophia, Freya, Eleanor and Eliza (top 47%) who each received a Participation certificate. Great work to Celeste (top 41%) and S Willson (top 41%) who achieved Merits. Well done to Oscar (top 15%), Duncan (top 24%), Griffin (top 19%), Blade (top 19%), Sachin (top 15%), Sia (top 33%) and Vincent (top 21%) who all achieved Credits. Lastly, congratulations to S Walsh who achieved a Distinction for placing in the top 6% and to Noah who excelled, earning a High Distinction for placing in the top 1% and was also awarded the Principal’s Award. Wow!

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Science – Extreme Weather Phenomena!

This term in Science we are learning about Extreme Weather Phenomena, studying volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, floods, cyclones, tornadoes, and bushfires. In each lesson, we will be looking at the causes, effects, and mitigation strategies for each type of extreme weather phenomena. This ties in with our Speaking and Listening task due next week, where students have been asked to write a speech about a type of extreme weather phenomena. So far we have learnt about volcanoes. While volcanoes are not caused by weather, they can change the atmosphere and are an uncommon occurrence that can alter local environments. They are incredibly fascinating! Here is a clip from Dr Binocs and his explanation of volcanoes:

Students also learnt about one of the most famous (or infamous) volcanoes of all time, Mount Vesuvius, which was responsible for the destruction of Pompeii almost 2000 years ago.Here is an animation that we watched in class that shows what the conditions were like on the day that Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii.

For those of you at home who enjoy experiments and would like to create a friendly mini-volcano, head over to Scope and recreate their DIY (Do It Yourself) volcano experiment.     Volcano Experiment

Electrifying Science!

A big thank you to Nathan from the University of Newcastle who joined us yesterday to present his amazing science show to Stage 3 students. Nathan works with the team who develop the Science and Engineering Challenge, which we attend each year. He kindly offered to present his science show to us which was all about electricity. Students enjoyed some exciting experiments including the Van De Graff generator, a plasma ball and a coal fire demonstration. Students also got to spend some hands-on time using some of the equipment. 

Robogals

Today our Stage 3 girls had a special visit from engineering students from the University of Newcastle as part of the Robogals program. We had a great time learning about different types of engineering and programming robots to perform a variety of tasks. This fantastic opportunity is aimed at promoting female participation in engineering as currently only 10% of engineers are women. Go girls!

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Thanks to the wonderful uni students who joined us today.