Science

SA Space School

Congratulations to Bethany Burgess (BH10), who was selected to attend the SA Space School during the recent holiday break, we wish her luck as she pursues her selection for the National Space School. Here is summary of her experience.

"I am back from my space adventure and my goodness was it an experience. The first day we went to Adelaide University and attended a number of lectures. We heard about the history of Australia in the space industry, gravitational waves and the lasers used to try and track and measure them, engineering and the degrees at the university and finally one on neutrinos and how they are tracking and measuring where they came from with a cubic experiment in Antarctica. I also got to listen to astronaut Daniel Tani’s talk about his life and four months in space which was really extraordinary.

The second day we went to the DSTO (Defence Science Technology Organisation). We saw a rocket engine test which involved a lot of noise and fire, the process they go through before testing anything and how they record the data, learnt about the cube satellites in space and the different types of orbits. We got to play with night vision technology, missile tracking simulators and it was explained to us the processes behind the making of weapons and technology.  We also went to the planetarium which was amazing and eye opening and to end the day, we had a lecture on medicine in space and the effects that space travel has on people.

The third day was at the Hamilton Space School where we built our own rockets and launched them; mine was called ‘Karren 360’ with 2 R’s because she was special. Although I built mine following the instructions and then helped others to build theirs, Karren decided she didn’t want to be different and went spinning into the ground. What a disappointment, I know! While we were building our rockets Channel 7 News came to film and interview a few of us and the segment was aired on the news.

This was an amazing experience and I can’t believe I was selected to go on it. I am going to apply for the National Space Camp that is only available to those who attended this one".

National Youth Science Forum 2020

Congratulations to James Lance (MS11) who has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January 2020. The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.  At the NYSF Year 12 Program, participants will visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities, go on site tours, listen to lectures, take part in workshops, go to social events, and participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills. We look forward to hearing of his adventures in the new year.

Sharon Pearce

Learning Area Leader - Science

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