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Thursday July 5, 2018

School turns into house of science for fair By Jamie Adams

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The awe and wonder of science came to Miramar Central School when it held its annual Science Fair last Thursday. What made this one different was the introduction of kits that its principal says has got his students more engaged in science as well as made the job easier for teachers. “Classes have been doing enquiries using scientific investigation as well as capturing the imagination of pupils,” Ed Trotter says. The school has rented three House of Science kits which they will be able to retain for the rest of the year at a cost of just $1200 each. The charitable trust introduced the kits as a way to connect schools to the local science community through “inspiring” experiments and symposiums. Each kit comes with a specific scientific theme – the Physical World, the Material World and the Living World – and introduce pupils to a world of

test tubes, beakers, mirascopes and human body models. “We launched them at the Space and Science Festival in 2016. A third of Wellington primary schools have been using them,” House of Science director Jane Leogreen says. Jane says another benefit is that they encourage literacy by having the young pupils writing hypotheses and outcomes of their experiments. Every class in the school had displays of reports of their scientific investigations, which had taken place in the weeks leading up to the fair. One teacher, Charlotte Sutherland, says the kit she used to introduce new entrants to concepts of solids and liquids using gel substances had left them fascinated. “They discovered liquids that turned to solids after a few seconds. It mixes science with play.” The kits also teach pupils how carbon dioxide causes balloons to expand and the volatility of mixing acids like vinegar with

Princeton (6), Malachi (4) and Ava (8) Leota with a balloon-topped bottle that demonstrates the inflationary effect of carbon dioxide, at Miramar Central School’s Science Fair. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

bases like baking soda, as well as how glasses of liquid produce different pitches of sound depending on how much liquid is in them. “Everything they need comes with the kit, including the

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teaspoons,” Ed says. He says the kits make science more collaborative, with pupils more likely to take the initiative with experimentation. “It’s student-directed rather than teacher-directed.”

Award, with a higher status than that of a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. Alexandra says it took her about four years to complete and involved a lot of planning and activity outside of meetings. “I organised a residential camp for my friends after exams, earnt my first aid certificate, worked as a Brownie leader for a year and, went on a special activity to America. “This award has almost forced me to do things I wouldn’t normally have done and it has given me so much

She’s only 17 but already Alexandra Hall has achieved greatness in Girl Guiding. The Island Bay Ranger received a Queen’s Guide Award, the highest award available to Girl Guide members, at a ceremony at the Island Bay Presbyterian Hall on June 20. It is only attainable by members of the organisation’s senior section (Rangers, Young Alexandra Hall with a bouquet after be- Leaders and Leaders) aged ing presented with her Queen’s Guide between 16- 25, and is comAward. PHOTO: Supplied parable to the Queen’s Scout

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