John Paul II Primary hosts Science Discovery Day

BUBBLE making, magic milk, tornadoes in a bottle, bridge-making challenges, paper skyscrapers, light demonstrations and even a Teddy Bear Hospital.

It was a day of scientific discovery at John Paul II Primary School last month when the school’s 155 students took a break from their regular daily studies to participate in Science Discovery Day.

The whole-day event was held as part of National Science Week, an annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society.

John Paul II Primary School principal Fran Bearman said Science Discovery Day was all about science and exploring new things.

“It’s about getting to create something different, taking risks, testing out theories and working together collaboratively to learn more about science,” she said.

“We were lucky enough to secure a National Science Week grant, which has been instrumental in helping us purchase the equipment needed to make this day possible.”

Acting as guest speaker for the event was UTAS medical student Eliza Nolan who, in addition to speaking to the students, also ran a Teddy Bear Hospital activity.

Ms Bearman said the students loved science because they got the chance to explore, have fun and do things that were really hands on.

“And they don’t even realise they’re learning, so it is important to make that learning visible and have reflection time at the end of the activities to talk about the science involved,” she said.

“The day was really well received and we hope our students came away from the day interested in science and thinking about the potential careers.

“Hopefully, it teaches them to be aspirational in their goals for what they want to do in life, and know that there are so many options out there for them as they get older.”

Ms Bearman said she hoped to make Science Discovery Day a regular part of the school’s National Science Week activities in years to come.

For more information about National Science Week, visit www.scienceweek.net.au.

Caption: John Paul II Primary School student Nicholas Grainger tries out the art of blowing bubbles during Science Discovery Day in August.