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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Year 12 Biology excursion to Melbourne Uni Genetics Department

Biology provides insight into the foundations and functioning of life itself. Every class provides the opportunity to learn something new and fascinating about our planet and its multiple organisms and ecosystems. The Year 12 Biology class went to Melbourne University on Tuesday afternoon to undertake a SAC relating to the microevolution of Fruit Flies. Students had the chance to observe the wings of fruit flies and identify the shape that would ensure a selective advantage: “the wild type”. A technique ...

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Discoveries for humanity!

On Thursday this week, six Year 10 students spent the day at two venues: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI) as well as the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) . This was a Science enrichment opportunity for these students as they did not have mid-year exam commitments on this day.

Students spent time with several PhD students who work in areas of infectious diseases, immune disorders and cancer. On a tour of WEHI they met Tim who has ...

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Students are challenged to “Beat Plastic Pollution”

To celebrate World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June, Year 11 Biology and Year 7TS undertook a “Beat Plastic Pollution” challenge.

Students reused empty plastic drink bottles to design unique terrariums with succulent plants. Year 11 students worked out an innovative way to design hanging terrariums that are currently being displayed in the Langer Family Science & Technology Centre. All designs are self watering as students applied their understanding of high humidity and condensation to ensure their design was an enclosed ...

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