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Meetings of scientific minds

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Science Week this week wrapped fun around scientific principles and learning.

 

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Energy changes have been a focus for Year 8 Science lately and this week they felt the real thing at the top of the Luna Park rollercoaster as gravitational energy switched to kinetic on the way down.

 

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There was the seemingly impossible task of building a curve, even complete circles, out of Pringle chips on a windy day.

 

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Scientific minds found common ground when local Federal MP, Mr Trent Zimmerman, visited Woodstock on Friday.

 

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Year 1 had been discussing The Great Barrier Reef, its features and problems. He told them he made a speech in Parliament just last night about plastic pollution, such as bags and bottles, in the ocean.

 

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Year 1 were making sieves to see if, on a small scale, they could get pollution out of water to improve it for marine life.

 

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Zoe from Year 1 explained it to Mr Zimmerman: “We’re doing an experiment and if it works in the experiment, then it might work in real life.”

 

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Not to be outdone, Years 9 and 10 STEM group were working on model solar cars in their lunch break, and the cars sped down the track with ease when they showed Mr Zimmerman.

 

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The girls also chatted with him about their model planes built with 3D-printed parts of different profiles they’d designed, plus last year’s bionic hand project and their Car Restoration Club.

 

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