KDS Represented at International Astronautical Congress

Earlier this year The King David School was honoured to have its paper, Big Scientist Little Scientist and the Colonisation of Mars, accepted for presentation at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), as part of their Technical Education stream of sessions. The paper was the culmination of a year-long project based on the theme of ‘Colonising Mars’, which involved the development of an innovative progression of modular activities that could be implemented across both primary and secondary school systems.

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Science Week at the Senior School

This week the Senior School celebrated Science Week! A celebration of the marvelously diverse discipline that is Science as students were treated to a number of activities throughout the week.

On Tuesday, our senior Science students participated in “Battle of the Sciences” – a Science trivia competition where teams of students battled it out to see which discipline of Science was the best! In the end, it was a Year 10 General Science team that were victorious and the English teacher’s ...

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Solving Crime Using Forensic Science

On Tuesday, a group of Year 10 students travelled to Monash University in Clayton to participate in the Monash Murder Mystery workshop.

The task? To solve a fictitious murder using modern forensic science techniques.

Students were separated into groups and worked alongside students from schools from across Victoria as they rotated through different evidence stations. Evidence collected included fingerprinting, DNA analysis, spectroscopy and blood splatter analysis. Based on the evidence, our students successfully proposed a hypothesis and solved the fictitious murder!

The excursion ...

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Simulating Genetic Inheritance in Year 10 Science

As part of their studies on Genetics and how traits are passed from parents to children, the Year 10 Science classes created their own Vegetable People. Ma Potato and Pa Onion were used to simulate how physical characteristics are different among siblings. Not only did the classes get to experience how the wonderful world of genetics results in variations, but they got see it with their different looking ‘Vegemites’.

Justin Baigel
Senior School Teacher

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Systems Engineering at The King David School

The King David School has been an early adopter of innovative practices when it comes to education. A perfect example of this can be seen with our initiatives in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) that has seen our students competing on the world stage, such as France, as part of the International CanSat Challenge, and in the US for the FIRST Robotics Competition. More recently the School, one of only a few and the only Jewish school, has seen its first group of ...

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Exploring Global Issues through Science

To culminate their core Science studies, Year 10s are currently exploring the chemistry underpinning some of the world’s most pressing global issues. These include essential atmospheric gases, burning fossil fuels, the greenhouse effect and climate change, acidification of the world’s oceans as well as acid rain.

Students are learning about the chemical processes driving these global changes including covalent bonds, chemical equations and organic chemistry. On the chemical level students understand how gases in the atmosphere maintain the greenhouse effect and ...

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Co-Founder of Prezi Visits Senior School

The King David School was privileged to have the co-founder of Prezi, Peter Halácsy, visit our School to speak to the Senior students about his life and journey on the pathway of kick-starting his company, which has revolutionised the way that we deliver presentations. Since launching in 2009, Prezi has skyrocketed to 75 million users worldwide. Members of the Royal Society of Victoria (RSV) were in attendance, along with Dr Therese Keane an educator with Swinburne University.

This was a wonderful ...

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Looking Into Eyes

This term in Year 9 Science, students have been studying the properties and behaviour of light. In culmination of this unit of work, last week a group of students participated in a cow eye dissection.

The structure of the eye works with the properties of light to allow us to see the world around us. In undertaking the dissection, students got to experience first hand the components of the eye as well as how these are organised within the eye.

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KDS Robotics Team hosts Seaford Park Primary School

The King David School as part of its ongoing commitment to community outreach, hosted a team of students from Seaford Park Primary School recently. The students were taken on a journey of building and programming robots from LEGO. Aided by our amazing Senior Robotics students and our KDS alumnus (Sasha Goldenberg) the Seaford Park students were quickly testing their designs on the Nature’s Fury challenge mat. This Primary school is planning on competing at this year’s FIRST LEGO League State ...

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Genentech: Using Technology to Explore the Life Sciences

On Tuesday a selected group of Years 7 and 8 students travelled to the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) to participate in their annual “Genetech” program.

The day started in the GTAC lecture theatre hearing from leading scientists about their research and the pathways they took to get there. Students were then placed into groups to commence their hands-on workshops.

These workshops were lea by young mentor scientists. The first workshop involved “digesting” (cutting up) real DNA samples and then running ...

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