Science Afternoon at Manchester, a key event on the school’s 2016 science program, was held on the afternoon of Friday 7th October. This was a school-wide event in which teachers, students and the school’s partner scientist, Mark Beavis, were involved in a range of activities designed within the school’s science curriculum.
Led and coordinated by Olivia Whitehouse and ably facilitated by her teaching colleagues, students in all levels were engaged in activities such as sorting and classifying, investigating how sound travels, exploring optical illusions and learning about electrical energy. Students rotated through the various activities, which provided them with a diversity of science-related learning experiences.
Citizen science refers to scientific work undertaken by members of the public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. This is not a new idea, as amateur scientists have been making important contributions to science for many years. What is different today is that technological developments such as the internet, mobile communications and the rapid growth of digital data are opening up new opportunities for people of all ages to get involved.
Here are some links to citizen science projects to spark your interest and show you how it works:
You can find more citizen science projects by Googling ‘citizen science projects’. Enjoy!
National Science Week 2015 launched on Friday 14th August, with Level 3 and 4 students participating in a rotation of science-based activities. The activities covered observation skills, forming hypotheses, ‘wondering’ and questioning, data collection and analyses, experimental extensions and theory testing. The subjects and objects of scientific study included bugs, plants, rolling balls, colliding vehicles and the effects of high-intensity exercise on human reflexes.
The highlight of Science Week was a Science Night on Tuesday 18th August. This involved a range of classroom activities designed to stimulate curiosity and thinking among students, as well as interested friends and families who attended. The evening finished with a presentation on recent astronomical occurrences by Astronomer and Manchester PS’s CSIRO Scientists in Schools partner, Mark Beavis.
‘Science night was a huge success. It was great to see so many students and families attend and participate in the many wonderful Science activities in classrooms…Thanks to the efforts of our own in-school scientist, Mrs Keating, for organising such a great whole-school event and to the teachers for setting up and opening up our classrooms to make it such a hit.’ (Peter Jenkins, School Principal).
Welcome to Science @ Manchester Primary School.
Here, we will be highlighting the school’s science activities, events and achievements. The weblog is also a bit of an experiment, so please let us know what else you would like to see on the site.
Current science activities include the lunchtime Science Club and participation in the CSIRO Scientists in Schools program. Our current partner scientist is Mark Beavis, an Astronomer and Planetary Scientist. Clint Heinze, an Aerospace Engineer and Computer Scientist, was our previous partner scientist.
Recent Manchester Primary School science achievements:
- 2011: Recognition, Exceptional Community Based Program, Science in Schools
- 2012: Winner, Young Scientist of the Year Award, 9 and 10 year old category (Nathan Monty and Jake Daffy)
(watch the video)
- 2015: Winner, Young Scientist of the Year Award, 11 and 12 year old category (Chloe Blennerhassett and Charlize Birthisel-Mulready)