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The recent Science Fair at Acacia Hill School reflected the National Science Week theme Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans.

Teacher Shinaide Dilles said deepening students’ understanding of oceans, their inhabitants and processes, relied on pictorial aids and classroom activities.

“Many Acacia students are visual learners, and they used a YouTube video and the imagery at a book station to learn more about ocean life,” she said.

“And classroom activities listed on cards advanced their knowledge of the seas, marine residents, and the impact of humans.

“Our students are intrigued by oceans, and particularly enjoyed discovering new species and learning about their life cycles.

“I hope they now understand how they can preserve our marine environments”.

But more generalised science — tailored to different ages — featured in Science Fair stalls.

Ms Dilles said these were the “cool experiments” that reinforce the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“They encouraged students to conduct favoured activities, such as sensory interactions with play doh or smelling fragrances produced by different leaves in the garden,” she said.

“We also brought out the Sphero robot that some students might have enjoyed learning to programme during the year.

“Also, there were sodium bicarbonate powered rockets, static electricity experiments, an examination of ‘ocean’ levels, and a marshmallow and toothpicks construction project.

“There were informative and entertaining events cherished by each student.”

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Alexander smelling plants at the smelling station, aided by Sarah, a Special Education Support Officer.

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