CEWA schools explore the oceans in National Science Week

CEWA staff and students across the State have been celebrating National Science Week this week, and the 2020 theme ‘Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Oceans’.

CBC Fremantle’s science week celebrations are a hit with students each year, and in 2020 the Science Department once again presented entertaining and educational demonstrations for students across all year groups.

Students had the opportunity to step into the deep ocean, with the Human Biology Lab set up to explore underwater worlds through experiments and Virtual Reality.

CBC’s science week activities also included the ever-popular Explosive Show, a hands-on experience with a reptile incursion, and Scitech scientists talking with Year 10 students about meaningful career opportunities that can be opened up through STEM studies in school.

At St Peter’s School in Inglewood, the Deep Blue theme was explored through a range of science and art-based activities and competitions.

Younger students were tasked with exploring ways they could reduce, reuse and recycle with benefits for the ocean.

Other classes learned about the water cycle, discussed why water is such a precious resource, and created mini terrariums to take home and watch grow.

The festivities at St Peter’s finished with a science-themed assembly and dress up day.

Year Seven students at Chisholm Catholic College set the scene for science week at their school by decorating with colourful fish designs.

The College’s Science Learning Area ran a project competition open to all students, with a brief to design aquaculture units that could allow sustainable fish and crustacean farming.

Entries in the competition were presented as posters, videos, Minecraft models and 3D digital models, showing a depth of research, creativity and engagement with a real-world issue, and a barramundi farm concept created by two students was named the winner.

Other activities at Chisholm included learning around ocean acidification and methods of reducing carbon emissions, and a science week Kahoot quiz organised by the Wellbeing Committee.

St John Bosco Catholic College also embraced Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies for National Science Week, with their teachers leading a professional learning session for educators from a number of schools, and St Helena’s Catholic Primary School held their celebrations a week early – you can read more here.

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