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Exploring the Wonders of Science: Engaging Activities for Curious Minds

Welcome to our latest catch-up from Science classrooms throughout Term 1, where we celebrate the spirit of inquiry through engaging science activities. From explosive eruptions to insightful investigations we delved into the realms of STEM exploration. Here are some highlights from our science enthusiasts across different year groups:


1. Volcanic Eruptions: STEM Club's Papier-Mâché Adventure

Our STEM Club members embarked on an exciting journey as they crafted a larger scale papier-mâché model volcano, poised to erupt in spectacular fashion. Armed with the classic combination of Mentos and Coke, as well as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, these budding scientists brought their creation to life. With each eruption, they witnessed firsthand the principles of chemical reactions and the power of natural forces. Through hands-on experimentation, they not only unleashed volcanic fury but also ignited a passion for scientific discovery. 

2. Exploring Atomic Structure: Year 11 Chemistry Flame Tests

In the chemistry laboratory, Year 11 students delved into the intricate world of atomic structure through captivating flame tests. By subjecting various metal salts to flame, they observed distinctive colours emitted, providing clues about the composition of atoms. Through meticulous observation and analysis, they unravelled the secrets hidden within atomic spectra. This immersive experience not only deepened their understanding of chemical principles but also fostered critical thinking skills essential for future scientific endeavours. 

3. Sustainable Energy Showcase: Year 8 Alternative Energy Exhibition

Year 8 students took centre stage as they presented a compelling exploration of sustainable alternate energy sources. From solar and wind power to hydroelectricity and biomass, these young innovators showcased the potential of renewable energy technologies. Through research and creativity, they highlighted the importance of transitioning towards environmentally friendly energy solutions. Empowered with knowledge, they emerged as advocates for a greener, more sustainable future.


4. Human Body Odyssey: Year 9 Journey into Homeostasis

Journeying into the complexities of the human body, Year 9 students embarked on a quest to unravel the mysteries of homeostasis. Through interactive exploration and inquiry, they delved into the intricate mechanisms that maintain internal balance. From temperature regulation to pH control, they uncovered the remarkable resilience of the human physiology. Armed with newfound insights, they embarked on a voyage of self-discovery, gaining a deeper appreciation for the wonders of life.


5. Innovative Filter Design: Year 7 Exploration of Separation Techniques

Year 7 students embraced the challenge of investigating separation techniques by designing and testing their own filters using reclaimed and recycled materials. With creativity as their guide, they engineered innovative solutions to purify water and separate mixtures. Through trial and error, they honed their problem-solving skills and gained a deeper understanding of filtration processes. Their ingenuity not only showcased the power of recycling but also underscored the importance of sustainability in scientific exploration.

Wow - the boundless possibilities of scientific inquiry. Whether igniting volcanic eruptions or unravelling atomic mysteries, each activity offers a glimpse into the awe-inspiring wonders of the natural world. As we continue to explore and innovate, let us embrace the spirit of curiosity and embark on a journey of discovery together.

Happy exploring!

Christie Dey

Director of Secondary

Teacher of Science and Chemistry



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