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Para Hills West SA 5096

Phone: 08 8258 5466

Science experiments with final topics for 2020

Wrap up of the term 

Our science classes have been busy this term, rounding off their final topics for the year!

In year 8, students studied energy and designed an experiment to look at the efficiency of bouncing balls.

They finished the term looking at energy transformations by designing and building a Rube Goldberg machine – a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. 

The students enjoyed using the shared learning area inside Block 3 to plan and construct their machines from cardboard pipe and other materials.

In year 9, students learned about the structure of the earth and earthquakes. They had fun building a model of the earth using edible materials and then completed a STEM activity to build an earthquake-resistant tower from spaghetti and plasticine. Models were tested using an earthquake platform built using the VEX IQ robotics kits.

Our year 10 classes focused on the universe, learning all about the life cycles of stars and the big bang. During NAIDOC week all students selected an indigenous cultural group and researched their stories about the stars producing posters to show their learning.

Over at the Disability Unit, our year 8-10 students made their own Rube Goldberg machines and a marble run. 

The group had a lot of fun, with one year 8 student successfully making a pulley system as part of their machine! 

Science invests in new robotic technology

In robotics news, the school has purchased 12 new VEX IQ robotics and Mr McLoughlin has been working with science staff to develop their skills in building and programming robots. Students in years 9 and 10 have also been using the kits this term with the support of their teachers. Our plan for 2021 is to set up one of our laboratories as a STEM/ robotics lab that we can work with teachers from tech studies to develop an integrated STEM program.

Science poster competition winners announced

The votes for the Science Week poster competition in term 3 were tallied and the winners were:

  • 1st Mary Douros
  • 2nd Ebony Bruce and Talisha Judd
  • 3rd Faisal Ahmad Zafari

Congratulations to our winners and all students who produced posters to highlight the issues related to our oceans last term!

2020 has been a very busy but also rewarding year. I want to recognise the hard work, energy, resilience and enthusiasm of the Science Team this year. In 2021 we welcome Matt Robinson who is joining the team from Marden. I am looking forward to a new year with new challenges working with the students at Para Hills High. Have a safe and happy holiday break!

Carolyn Naumann
Coordinator Science, SMS & Pre-Service Teachers 

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