MSJ Scientists Model their Learning

September 1, 2017

Mount St Joseph’s passion for science was a force to be reckoned with (pardon the pun) in this year’s National Science Week celebrations.

This year’s theme was Future Earth and this was investigated in a number of ways, including the annual Year 7 Forces Challenge¬†(tug of war), Homeroom quizzes, science memes and a colouring competition.

Giselle and Marielle with their Electric Batteries model.

The week culminated in the Science Expo, with over 50 models developed by Year 9 students as a way of exploring and presenting the scientific phenomena behind a range of everyday technologies. Students were involved in peer assessing each other’s work, and all members of the school community were invited to vote for the People’s Choice award which was won by the very popular interactive Lie Detector model by Erinie, Hannah and Grace.

Students conduct a peer evaluation of Klarita’s light bulb model.

The Expo included working models of sailing boats, ferris wheels, tattoo guns and wind turbines. Excitement and discovery were in the air as girls from all years experimented with the models and considered which piece of work deserved their vote.

This year, the Principal’s Award went to Angela, Kim and Alison for their detailed demonstration of how colours are generated by television sets, and Alisha, Ebony and Anne won Miss Symington’s Award for Creativity with their work “Dam, that’s a good model!” Perhaps the most prestigious award was the Science Department Award, which was awarded to Mahrae, Callie and Alessia for their “window to the future” of smart homes.

Callie, Alessia and Mahrae’s award-winning model demonstrating the impact of double glazing.

What a week!

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