National Science Week 2012

Last week, Hawkesdale P12 College celebrated Science Week with some great activities across the school.

Monday, August 13th:- Students from years 9 to 12 interested in gaming as a career participated in a webinar (virtual classroom)  hosted by Qantum Victoria as part of their “The Young Scientist and Engineer” series. Paul Taylor, a game designer, educator and software engineer described the skills required and the same exciting aspects of a career in Gaming and Game Design.

Tuesday, August 14th:- Magdelene Lum spoke to year 9 students via skype from Perth about her jounrey in Science as a chemist, metallurgist, photographer and science writer. Mags writes a blog Philosophically Disturbed which students commented on. Mags encouraged students to do what they enjoy and work hard to achieve their goals.

Wednesday August 15th:- Catherine Anderson, a molecular genetics specialist from Canada, spoke to year 7 students about DNA, genetics and why she loves it. She wrote a great post on her blog for our students on What is DNA? Our students have commented back on this post.

Friday August 17th:- Year 7 students will use Polycom videoconferencing equipment to link up with the Australian Museum for a session on “Life in Freshwater”. This videoconferencing equipment is to provide high quality videoconferencing for our students and classes to link up with other classes, speak to experts and form collaborative partnerships with other schools.

Thanks to Mrs Gow for her great work in organising these wonderful opportunities for our students. Thanks also to our wonderful presenters for taking the time to share their learning and experiences with our students and encourage them to continue on studying science.

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About murch

Hi, I am Anne Mirtschin, a secondary teacher who teaches commerce and IT. In 2007, I am teaching grade 3 through to year 12 IT. My passions include the use of web2.0, podcasting and multimedia including digital animations. I teach at Hawkesdale prep to year 12 College, a small country school in Western Victoria, Australia. This year our school has been granted a rich picture case studies grant where we will work with grade 6 students on pod/vidcasting and the volunteers at the Penshurst Volcano Discovery Centre to produce podcasts for the centre and surrounding volcanic district, called Kanawinka.

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