Education Perfect offered an interdisciplinary competition in Term 3, during remote learning. Students had the opportunity to work independently, in a group, with a partner or in pairs, on the STEALTH Challenge. This challenge was about researching the problem of plastics in our oceans and coming up with an innovative solution.
National Science Week was held across Australia from 15-23 August. Things were a little different this year due to remote learning, however the STEM Leaders and Science Team put on a great event throughout the week.
The theme for 2020 was “Deep Blue: Innovation for the future of our oceans”. At Mater Christi, we focussed on this aspect of National Science week as well as having fun with the various planned activities.
Climate change. It will affect and could define our future. Climate change is already impacting the lives of millions of people around the world: from unpredictable seasons to rising sea levels, floods and droughts. Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
A reflection from Science Week 2019.
In recent years there has been a steady call for girls to be more actively involved in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Women are significantly under-represented in science and engineering disciplines with only 16% of STEM qualified people in Australia being female.
Before this program, we only had a basic understanding of what engineering was and that it involved STEM-based creation and design. Now we realise that engineering employs critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to make the world a better place.
'The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Competition'. The title may sound strange but, in fact, this is simply an event where schools around the state create their own machines to meet a prompt.
The competition is based on Rube Goldberg machines, which are complex, exaggerated feats of engineering designed to complete a simple task.
Robotics, coding, virtual reality and a presentation; were some of the activities the year 7’s participated in at the Yarra Ranges Tech School.
The virtual reality activity was very interesting. Once you had the headset on, it was like you were in a different world! We had to guide a spider through a maze using a controller, then created our own character.
Six Year 9 students are taking part in a new program, CHOOSEMATHS Mentoring, organised by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI).
The aim of the program is to change community attitudes and participation in Mathematics and statistics as a career choice, especially for girls and young women.
Our Year 8 students have been some of the first students in the Yarra Ranges to experience the new Yarra Ranges Tech School in 2017.
Yarra Ranges Tech School is a high-tech centre with virtual reality technology, robots, 3D printing labs and simulation rooms.