‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.’ – Albert Einstein
This term we had our 2nd Annual Science Fair organised by our STEM expert Mrs Hoy. Our Year 7 and Year 8 aspiring scientists have worked tenaciously to design, conduct and analyse their own scientific experiment. Mrs Hoy gave the students creative freedom with their experiment topic, dictating only one condition; it must be measurable. Two hundred students began excitedly brainstorming their hobbies and interests to come up with some intriguing and informative experiment topics.
This student-directed project motivated the students to take control of their learning and devise a realistic and relevant scientific experiment. We saw some students direct a class with determination and control, while others eagerly grew bacteria in the classroom to gather data for their experiments. The students explored some impressive concepts such as “Do video games affect our heart rate?”, “Can the average person throw faster than a pro-baller?”, “Does music help you concentrate?”, “Does wi-fi affect plant growth?”, “Does the five-second rule really count?”
Across two thrilling days, the students displayed their experiments in the school library and presented their results to an audience of parents, grandparents, experts and students from the local primary schools. Dr Alan Aitken (University of WA - Geophysics), Dr Debbie Palmer (Telethon Institute - Immunology) and Lillian Kendall-Langley (PhD student - Geology) were invited to expertly evaluate each presentation and name a winner.
The judges had a tough decision deciding the winners for this year’s Science Fair as all students displayed impressive consideration to their chosen experiment, and devised concepts that they were clearly passionate about. When presenting the Year 8 winners, Dr Palmer said that although there were so many deserving projects, her winners were a clear choice, as they not only presented a detailed experiment, but they also included a reflection of what they could improve next time.
Congratulations to the following students:
Year 7 first place winners were A’Janae Braysher and Asher Read.
Year 7 second place winners were Alyce Flatters, Sonam Dorji and Samten Namgyal
Year 7 third place winners were Mali Frazer and Shine Sharma
Year 8 first place winners were Kanika Rawat and Gabrielle Velez
Year 8 second place winners were Soham Patel and Karim Aghabalaiey
Year 8 third place winners were Fatema Alyaser and Penny Ornket
Thank you to Mrs Hoy, our Science teachers, special guests, audience members and most importantly our aspiring Year 7 and Year 8 scientists for creating another successful and educational Science Fair.