MCC's Science Convention

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 19 July 2016

Year 3 and Year 4 students were transformed into hard-working science geniuses as they hosted the bi-annual Science Convention.

Working individually or in pairs, students were tasked with researching a science experiment of their choice and demonstrating it at the convention, which showcased over 50 experiments.

Amongst a variety of chemical reactions including goo, flubber, crystallization, rocket launches, invisible ink and lava lamps, there were experiments featuring magnetic and aerodynamic forces, lenses, balloons, heating, flammable liquids, electricity, aquaponics and even an erupting volcano!

Integrated curriculum planning has been established at Mundaring Christian College since 2013 and has even been a high profile case study at the ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) conference in Sydney last year.

“Each term has an integrated curriculum theme, which starts with a wow-day on the first day of term, contains a relevant project, and ends with an experience or final piece of work to demonstrate progress in learning,” said Mr Chan, Year 4 teacher.

“This term, it was Fun Factory: All Things Science and the Science Convention was part of our experience and final project for the students, linked to multiple investigative skills developed through the curriculum.

“Students were required to choose their own experiments. We covered planning, contingency plans, and presentation factors in order to prepare them,” Mr Chan said.

Parents and other year groups came through the convention where the scientists explained the science behind their experiments and even included reporting failed experiments as part of the learning process. They aptly tailored their presentations according to their audience, with the explanations to Kindy kids being vastly different to those for the Year 6 students.

“This is visible learning in action,” said Mathilda Joubert, Principal of SCEA’s Institute of Teaching and Learning.

“It was so powerful to see children learning from other children and there was such tangible excitement in learning, also amongst the visiting year groups, parents and even grandparents.

“What impressed me most was how each student could articulate their learning of advanced science concepts,” Mathilda said.

The dry ice phenomenon was a crowd favourite as were the edible experiments. Visiting classes, parents and teachers applauded the exhibitors for their presentations and the scientific knowledge shared.

The local paper also published a version of this article.