Students launch in to Science Week space fun

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Students around the region are exploring space as part of Science Week, including Kalkie State School who enjoyed their new Maker Space resources. Source: Kalkie State School

Students around the region are exploring space as part of Science Week, including Kalkie State School who enjoyed their new Maker Space resources.

The theme for this year’s National Science Week is Destination Moon.

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Students around the region are exploring space as part of Science Week, including Kalkie State School who enjoyed their new Maker Space resources. Source: Kalkie State School

Kalkie's year 5/6 students were involved in the design and construction of a temporary Space Museum, including a ‘Creation Zone’ where all students could design and construct their very own space artefact.

A successful ASTA (Australian Science Teachers Association) grant was used to source materials from Reverse Garbage – supporting the school’s policy of sustainability in education.

Teacher Samantha Ephraims said it was wonderful to see students using their imaginations.

“I’m passionate about STEM teaching and being able to design and create is an important part of the work we do at school,” Ms Ephraims said.

Principal Malinda Findlay agreed.

“Access to a maker space is so beneficial for students,” Ms Findlay said.

“If we want them to become the problem solvers and creators of the future, they need opportunities to build and repair.”

Kalkie’s Science Week fun will continue into the term with year 6 classes planning a Star Gazing evening with the help of Kepnock State High School.

Students enjoy Science Week fun at library

St Joseph’s Bundaberg students also enjoyed moon craft at Bundaberg Regional Library this week.

It was part of a range of sessions offered by libraries throughout the region.

The fun will continue this afternoon until 6 pm at Childers Library as all ages come together to create, fix or solve using the materials supplied.

The libraries will also host a three-day aerospace science experience from October 3 to 5.

National Science Week, this year held from 10 to 18 August, is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw a staggering 1.2 million people participate in over 2100 events and activities.

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