Budding scientists inspired

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
St Mary's year four students with Science Alive's Mick Doyle.
Camera IconSt Mary's year four students with Science Alive's Mick Doyle. Credit: Supplied

Schools across the region have celebrated National Science Week with a variety of science-based activities designed to entertain as well as educate.

Head of Science Dale Blincow demonstrates the mega elephant's toothpaste chemical reaction.
Camera IconHead of Science Dale Blincow demonstrates the mega elephant's toothpaste chemical reaction. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Manjimup’s Kearnan College had a week of activities for the students, including daily science quizzes, demonstrations and challenges.

Northcliffe District High School Year 7 Shianne Pukallus examines salt crystals using a microscope.
Camera IconNorthcliffe District High School Year 7 Shianne Pukallus examines salt crystals using a microscope. Credit: Supplied

Kearnan principal Carol Guerts said science activities provided children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes, including communication skills, collaborative skills, team work and perseverance, as well as analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Manjimup Primary School Year 2 students Maxwell Pratt, Isahia Hart, Kobi J Peos, Ellen Giblett and Samantha Reid investigate the insides of computers.
Camera IconManjimup Primary School Year 2 students Maxwell Pratt, Isahia Hart, Kobi J Peos, Ellen Giblett and Samantha Reid investigate the insides of computers. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Greenbushes Primary School held its second science fair, giving students the opportunity to see demonstrations from upper primary school students as well as stalls run by local community groups, businesses and citizen scientists, including Talison Lithium, Advanced Global Metals and Blackwood Biosecurity.

Talison Lithium trainee Britney Loney with Greenbushes Primary School student Tessa Scovell.
Camera IconTalison Lithium trainee Britney Loney with Greenbushes Primary School student Tessa Scovell. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Principal Kylie Loney said the day was a resounding success and they were looking forward to increasing the size of the event in coming years.

Students from Balingup Primary School, Kirup Primary School and home-school students were invited to join in with the event.

Boyup Brook’s St Mary’s Catholic Primary School students were treated to an incursion from Science Alive’s Mick Doyle, who showed them experiments and explosions.

Principal Ronan Kelly said the incursion had lived up to its billing.

“This incursion really did bring science to life for our students,” he said.

“The students were buzzing during and afterwards and many of them attempted to replicate some of the experiments at home.”

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