Juniors have an appetite for answers
Young scientists at Ross Park Primary School awed audiences during Science Week.
Throughout the Australia-wide event the school hosted its Science Fair to showcase the experiments of 54 junior researchers.
The years 4 and 5 students gathered data, tested predictions, and developed explanations of phenomena.
Teacher Alastair Sheriff said there were many “engaging and interesting presentations” that captured the attention of viewers and won their acclaim.
“The projects included the Soda Geyser Eruption, Hovercraft, Volcano Eruption, Coloured Foaming and the Twisted Tornado,” he said.
“The mammoth work, spanning more than 10 weeks, has yielded some fantastic results. The students displayed a real sense of wonder and curiosity about the science behind the demonstrations.”
Teacher Lucy Winwood-Smith said the experiments mostly relied on unsophisticated components.
“Almost all the materials and resources used during Science Week were everyday items available from shops or pantries,” she said.
“Parents have told us their children have researched simple experiments they can do at home.
“We aim to develop the disciplined thinking needed to conduct research and problem solve.”
Principal Suzi Burgess said the Science Fair always “fires the imaginations of our students”.
“The occasion is used to inspire creativity in students, encourage collaboration, develop a spirit of innovation, and an understanding of scientific principles and methodologies,” she said.
“The fair also gives students an opportunity to make a fun, but strong personal investment in their education.”