Science @ TEPS
2013 Youth Eco Summit
Our primary students were recently invited to take part in the LIVE video opening of the Youth Eco Summit. This was in addition to them going to the Summit on its second day.
The live broadcast went out to schools all over the world, with crosses to Malaysia and Alaska.
Mr Fraser was asked to speak about our planetarium and how it is used in the teaching program at TEPS. He explained how our students us it for science, but also for HSIE, on ANZAC Day when we 'visit' Gallipoli and see the scene as it was in 1915. Mr Fraser then had to explain what ANZAC Day was for the benefit of the overseas students.
Cody, our School Captain, did a great job talking about our science program at TEPS, mentioning the Science Gala Days, vegetable and bush tucker gardens, Murder Under the Microscope, EngQuest, and showed off some of the activities from the Scienzeum, including our Mars Rover and a model rocket.
The NSW Minister for the Environment was very impressed with what we do, and wished she had gone to a school with egg drops and hovercraft racing. She declared our students all Super Scientists!
Hopefully there will be a YouTube video of the launch available soon.
Lachlan Macquarie College Science Day
LMC is a regional resource intended to provide enhanced opportunities for stage 3 (senior primary) and above in mathematics and science.
Our students in the Heroes class recently travelled to UWS Ryde for a day or science activities they had organised.
The school itself was represented in the displays by a robot arm, floating ball and Mars Rover robot, all out of our Scienzeum. Students from other schools got to have a play and were very jealous of our school!
Total Solar Eclipse
Students from Toongabbie West joined our school for the big 2012 eclipse. It was overcast and rainy but they all got a glimpse of the moon 'biting' into the sun. Then we joined our CSIRO scientit dr Simon O'toole for a talk about eclipses. For that we were joined online in the interactive classroom by students from Coffs Harbour who shared their eclipse data with us.
Transit of Venus
Students from our neighbouring schools came along on a cloudy morning to catch the last Transit of Venus for over 100 years. Dr Simon Otur Scientists in Schools astronomer, gave a very good talk about the history of the Transits and everyone took part in costume and colouring in competitions.
Murder Under the Microscope
We're looking forward to this years' challenge in August
Why not go to http://www.microscope.edu.au/ to check out the challenge?
Going to Canberra ? Got a pre-schooler? Why not go to Questacon?
Questacon has a permanent interactive exhibit for little ones called Mini-Q and it is great for getting those little minds thinking.
The Sky Cave Planetarium
Our wonderful planetarium is nearing completion as students take over the painting of the outside.
So far this year it has been used for lessons about light pollution, time and navigation. In Science Week students from all around our area in the Toongabbie Learning Community will visit for the Science Gala Day where they will learn about Chemicals In Space.
Our Students are making an effort to cut down on waste in their food packaging.
Every item of food that is 'nude'- doesn't have wrapping to go in the bin- decreases the amount of landfill, cuts down on energy use for production and transport, and can cost you less, too!
Buying bulk and putting lunch into resealable containers helps all round.
An added advantage is that our local birds are less likely to get at scraps. This is a great thing.
Just a simple look in the garbage bins at the end of lunchtimes has shown that waste is down by almost half since we began Nude Food.