Students at The Cathedral School will celebrate National Science Week next week with a range of exciting hands of activities and workshops aimed at giving students the opportunity to see how Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) impacts on our lives, economy, society and world.
First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw a staggering 1.3 million people participate in over 1,800 events and activities.
The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, NewScientist and Popular Science.
The Cathedral School Head of Science, Mrs Rebeccca Smith said teachers have been busy organising a number of hands-on activities for the students including a foetal pig dissection, a construction challenge, making slime in our STEAM room, magnetic LED in our STEM room and our annual Food Fair.
“However, the most inspirational part of the week is when we connect with our CSIRO partners. The scientists that will feature at our school are from James Cook University; Associate Professor Jeff Warner, from the College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Professor Jim Burnell” said Mrs Smith.
“We really value the importance of involving higher education institutions, local industry and scientific community members in planning and implementing programs to link classroom content beyond school to real-world contexts” added Mrs Smith.
A number of students will also be involved in events off-campus. These include attending the World Science Festival at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, visiting the Townsville Hospital to align with the Medical Physics unit, and touring the fisheries and aquaculture centre at JCU.
“At Cathedral we recognise the need to inspire young people to choose careers in STEM related contexts as this is essential for innovation and sustainability in our developing world. They must learn how to act and reflect as 'real research scientists' who are able to deal with scientific knowledge and experiences critically” added Mrs Smith.
National Science Week will run at The Cathedral School from 14 - 18 August 2017. More information about National Science Week can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au.