Para Hills High School
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90 Beafield Road
Para Hills West SA 5096

Phone: 08 8258 5466

Science takes a front seat in Term 3

Science classes have been busy this term!

Week 5 was Science Week, and this year's focus was on Innovations for the Future of Our Oceans.

Students from years 8 to 12 were involved in a range of activities, both in class and during lunch to inspire their interests. 

Year 8-10 students solved ocean-themed challenges to escape from a submersible before the time ran out.

Other lunch activities included a come-and-try with the Quadcopter club, virtual reality and augmented reality activities with staff from the Disability Unit, and a senior student expo where students from the Stage 2 Integrated Learning Biology, Stage 1 Nutrition, and Stage 1 Chemistry showcased their learning.

During science classes and pastoral care, students investigated issues around plastics and other waste and its impact on our oceans.

To raise awareness of these issues, students created posters which are now on show in our science building. We are now calling for staff, students and parents to vote on their favourite!

In classes, our year 8 students have been learning about physical and chemical changes this term - so making and playing with slime was a practical highlight!

The year 9 students have studied heat, light, and sound which includes investigating the effect of colour on heat absorption as well as making musical instruments using straws.

The year 10 students have been studying motion and Newton’s Laws, and now are applying their learning while testing and modifying balloon or rubber band powered cars they have designed and built.

In STEM news, the Quadcopter club is now meeting every Tuesday after school and the students attending are well on their way to building their quadcopters!

Carolyn Naumann
Science Coordinator

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