Sacred Heart students celebrate National Science Week 2017

18 October 2017

As part of National Science Week 2017, students and staff of Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie took the opportunity to celebrate National Mathematics Day on 19 August, immersing themselves in science and technology through a day of challenging and fun group activities.

National Science Week takes place across Australia each year to celebrate science and technology, and highlight the important roles they play in our economy, society and the environment.

As a part of National Mathematics Day, students from early childhood to Year 6 participated in over 15 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) challenges, that covered areas such as problem solving, measurement, classifying patterns and coding.

Maths Coordinator Mr Graham Maher, said “Encouraging students to work together in teams provided them with opportunities to practice social and emotional skills, such as listening to their peers, considering the viewpoints of others and evaluating different ideas. Giving time to students to reflect on their product and the process of construction, enhances critical and creative thinking skills that improve results.”

Together, students were challenged to build gardens, support structures, towers, catapults and bridges with everyday materials.

Focusing on Maths and Science during the week was a wonderful way of immersing students in STEM based activities in a fun and engaging way.

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