The 2019 National Science Week theme engrossed students from Early Learning to Year 5 in classrooms and in conneXions this week. Learning in and through science was at the forefront for a significant part of the week’s learning program as integration of the three strands of the Australian Curriculum for Science – Science Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour – underpinned a range of exciting learning experiences in conneXions.

Missions to the moon in our very own lunar module (a scaled half-size model of the Apollo11 command module Columbia that took Neil Armstrong and two fellow astronauts to the moon and back 50 years ago), virtual reality moonwalks and space experiences through VR Goggles, creating interactive 3D augmented reality space pictures, walking on the moon or reading about the moon or other space facts while sitting on a simulation of the moon’s surface, constructing rockets and sculptures in the Maker Space, listening to astronauts in the International Space Station reading children’s books Rosie Revere Engineer or Ada Twist Scientist, exploring the Mars terrain using spheros, coding beebots and bluebots to go on deep space adventures, and learning more about the moon from displays of researched class work by Year 5 and Year 1 students, captured the interest of Junior School students throughout the week.

Thank you to the conneXions staff team led by Miranda Creak and Marissa Saville,  Brian Howie and the College Works staff, and other staff and students who contributed to such an exciting and productive week’s learning.

Science Week also featured a range of classroom and Claremont garden-based investigations and experiments for all ages, visits to Helix at the Penquite Campus for some classes, and science activities in the Outside School Hours Care Centre.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School