I am excited to announce that our school has been chosen by Brisbane Catholic Education to participate in the Wonder of Science program this term. As a pilot school, we will have leaders in the area of STEM education from the University of Queensland working with us to engage our Year 5 and 6 students in a rigorous, real-world STEM opportunity.
Our task will be: How do seismologists measure earthquakes?
Task brief: Build and test a device that could be used to measure an earthquake.
This task is also an opportunity for students to learn and demonstrate the Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills. Along with the structure of the Earth and the mechanisms that drive tectonic plate movement, students will need to understand the key design elements that enable a seismometer to record the tectonic plate movements. These understandings form part of the design brief for their prototype seismometer, along with their selection of materials.
The university has provided us with resources, and we will start exploring this topic next week. We will also have a Young Science Ambassador visit us twice throughout the term to guide us with our prototypes. At the end of the project, a group of students will be asked to present their device at a regional conference at the university. This is a fabulous opportunity for our Year 5 and 6 students, and we look forward to sharing our new learning with you.
Just a reminder to check out the Redland Libraries website to see what free STEM lessons they are running this term. The programs are free and run for 8 weeks at either Capalaba, Victoria Point or Cleveland. They do have age limits and if your child is interested, you need to book ASAP. More details are in our latest newsletter.