28 May 2014
All Fired Up
On Thursday 8 May a small group of Year 8 Science students joined students from other schools in the local area at a workshop with the theme All Fired Up, exploring energy and how it is constantly being transformed. The students commenced the day with an interactive presentation from a guest speaker, Ms Katherine Shone, Sports Dietician. They learnt about the types of energy in different food and how the body changes it. The idea of healthy eating was explored, as well as the role of supplements.
The second session focused on energy and movement as depicted in Art. The students were exposed to a range of artistic styles ranging from ancient Greece to contemporary digital media. They investigated how artists today utilise many new and different mediums and materials when creating 3D artworks. The students were then challenged to produce a sculpture to represent energy in motion using a range of materials.
The last session explored the human body’s use of the energy gained from food to fuel muscles. Activities were designed to assist the students to reflect on the different muscles they were using and the energy required to facilitate action.
Year 12 Physics students took part in an excursion to La Trobe University to work with an electrical engineer as part of the Photonics unit to become familiar with photonics equipment. As part of their experiences on the day they were involved with an experiment on the transmission of music, using the principle of photonics (using light to transmit information). The students also visited Luna Park in order to provide some real world experiences in their unit on Motion. As they experienced the thrill of the rides, they were investigating movement, speed, acceleration and various forces that were all part of the fun.
Year 12 Chemistry students travelled to La Trobe University to put into practice the theory that they had covered in class on Instrumental Analysis. Students were able to work with Gas Chromatographs, UV Visible Spectrometers, Atomic Absorption Spectrometers, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers to analyse a range of substances for both identification of unknown substances and the quantities present.
By The Seaside
As part of their work on Ecology Year 11 Biology students visited the Marine Discovery Centre at Queenscliff. Students investigated the patterns of distribution of animals and plants on the Barwon Heads rock platform, comparing the sandstone rock platform to the basalt rock platform. The incredibly diverse community of animals found living amongst a colony of galeolaria (native tube worms) was also explored in the laboratory.
Mrs Sue Fryer
Acting Dean of Science
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