National Science Week a success for local school

National Science Week a success for local school

Lathlain Primary School students Amelie and Lexi using the green screen.

This year’s National Science Week was a success for Lathlain Primary School year one to year six students who took part in a number of ocean themed activities.

The ‘Deep Blue’ themed event included Minecraft aquatic explorations, augmented reality, ocean origami, virtual tours and live web cams of ships and aquariums, knot tying, lightbox sand art, robotic sea coding adventures, quizzes, science games and more.

Digital Technologies specialist Mirela Ionascu has been running this event with parent helpers and year six VIPs (Very Important Programmers) for the past four years.

“Each year it gets bigger and better and more staff and visitors get involved,” she said.

“I hope the students will be inspired and curious about what they see and do and that will lead them to explore STEM further in the years to come.”

Ms Ionascu said there were seventeen classes in total rotating through Deep Blue themed activities.

“This year we had the Maritime Education Junior Crew visit with their boat to teach students all about boat safety,” she said.

“Dr Marji Puotinen conducted interactive sessions about coral reefs and penguin.

“The best part of the day actually occurs the following year when Science Week is mentioned and all the students remember the themed activities which shows that hundreds of students are impacted by these experiences.

“In the classroom, teachers of all classes lead students through whole school activities to discover the different zones of the ocean which they were later quizzed on at during the rotational activities ‘expo’.”

There was also an art competition this year and year four student Mikayla Hohaia was the overall winner for her depiction of an Octopus.