Destination Moon: More Missions More Science

This week was a national celebration of science; Science Week. To celebrate, KDS participated in many science-themed activities, including a kick-off science assembly on Tuesday. The theme for Science Week this year is missions on the moon; in celebration of the moon landings 50th anniversary. For the assembly, many Year 7 students, such as myself, gave presentations. I was supposed to sing a song which I made up to the tune of “Sound Of Silence”. Instead, it was the “Sound ...

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Statewide Science Talent Search

Years 4 and 5 students were given the opportunity to invent, experiment and create in the Science Talent Search, a Statewide competition. Interested students committed lunchtimes and time after school delving into scientific principles related to an area of interest. They were required to complete a sophisticated project and write a comprehensive written report. Projects are currently exhibited on the ground floor, Junior Campus.

On Thursday 26 July, students attended Judging Day where they conducted an oral presentation to a panel ...

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Shining a spotlight on women in STEM – PHYSICS FORUM 2019

Recently, a group of Year 9 & 10 girls attended a day run by the Physics department of Melbourne University. This day was designed both as an educational experience, and also as a way to show girls that, contrary to the societal stigma placed around it, choosing to do a higher level STEM subject is something they should feel comfortable with. A major theme of the day was, naturally, the moon landing, as Sunday was the 50th anniversary. From this ...

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REACH for Science Excellence!

On Monday 20 May, nineteen students from Years 7 to 10 participated in a Science enrichment online examination called the ‘Big Science’ Competition. It’s a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing critical thinking and problem solving skills, not just factual.

Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable (and interesting). Competition questions in the Big Science Competition are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science. The students are looking forward to receiving their results in the next couple of ...

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It’s all in the genome – plant cyanide!

Our science enthusiasts enjoyed an engaging and rewarding work experience recently. The program, known as Science Immersion Research Experience (SIRE) program, provided students the opportunity to work within the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) team. This involved using research grade equipment to conduct cutting edge science experiments, pursuing a small research project on plant cyanide.

A fabulous science enrichment opportunity for those with a strong passion and curiosity for both the biological and chemical Sciences.

The final day of the program entailed ...

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Top of the class!

As part of the VCE Systems Engineering Units 3 & 4 course, students are required to complete a School-Assessed Task (SAT) which contributes 50% to the subject’s study score. This SAT is a year long project which requires each student to identify a problem, need or opportunity, and then develop a plan that will allow the student to solve that problem, or address the need or opportunity that has been identified. Students will then design and build their project which ...

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Launch into Science!

On Tuesday this week, the Year 7 cohort had a double lesson session with Mrs Mall entitled ‘Launch into Science’. Students watched a four minute inspirational video about the wonders of Science followed by a movie trailer about the curriculum, highlights and Science enrichment on offer in 2019.

Three major challenges were set that involved some degree of independent work, however, mostly collaborative. It was obvious that collaborative work helped increase the level of engagement of students and their confidence.

The lesson ...

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Biomedical Science meets Art Competition winning entry!

We are thrilled that four of our Year 11 Biology students won the Biomedical Sciences Day photo competition held at GTAC. The Biology students had the privilege to use a scanning electron microscope (worth $80,000) to explore the surface of different crystals. Photographs were taken of specimens highlighting various colours and striking patterns. As a group, students selected two of their favourite images and submitted them into a Biomedical Science meets Art Competition. The image is known as “The Abyss”. ...

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STEAM is on its way as technology is here to stay!

Any King David student who describes themselves as a technology geek, creative design guru and/or marketing maestro … is involved in applying aspects of STEAM in their classes and everyday life.

Australia’s current chief scientist, Alan Finkel coined the phrase “STEM is on its way as technology is here to stay”, however, it is clear that the Arts has an important part to play in capturing the interest of female students who might consider a science or engineering career. “It ...

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Science Week: Game Changers/Change Makers

Below are the highlights of Science Week from start to finish. It was a great success and many students enjoyed the various programs and challenges undertaken.

Year 9 Science Week Program: i“Every Contact Leaves a Trace” – A Salute to Sir Edmond Locard
On Tuesday morning we had a guest speaker come in to talk to us about Forensics.
He presented us with a real case of a dead body, and told us about all the ways that detectives and forensic ...

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