STEM family night

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Posted by Miss Elliott | Posted in Digital Technology, ICT, Maths, Science, STEM, Thankyou | Posted on September 5, 2017

On August 16th, Werribee Primary school held their annual STEM family night. The event was a huge success and celebrated the fun learning activities our students experience in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The following clip shows some of these moments captured from the night.

Thank you to all those who attended and helped out on the night!

What did you enjoy the most about STEM night?

Scienceworks Years 5 & 6

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, STEM, Year 5, Year 6 | Posted on August 28, 2017

On Thursday the 10th of August the Year 5 & 6 students had super fun day at Scienceworks. They attended a ‘Cool Stuff’ science show, visited the pumping station and had a ball exploring all of the amazing hands on activities in the Scienceworks museum.

Cool Stuff! A 30-minute science show using some ‘very cool’ liquid nitrogen demonstrations to illustrate the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Changes of state, expansion and contraction were all demonstrated using lots of fog, froth and fun.

Get Pumped! –  Students used a museum iPad that included videos, animations and other media to bring to life the amazing engineering feats involved in the construction of the Spotswood Pumping Station in the 1890s. They heard some stinky stories from the straining well and explored the magnificent Engine Room.

Press play to view a slideshow of the excursion.

Have you been to Scienceworks?

What was your favourite part of the visit? 

Suzanne Cory Experience Year 6

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, STEM, Year 6 | Posted on August 23, 2017

On Friday the 18th of August the year 6 students had an amazing experience visiting Suzanne Cory High School. They were lucky enough to participate in a number of hands on science lessons. The visit also doubled as a transition day to give the year 6 students some insight to what it will be like at Secondary School. They conducted various experiments and further developed their science knowledge with support from the teachers and students at Suzanne Cory.

The activities included;

  • Methane bubbles
  • Rainbow fizz flame test
  • Red cabbage indicator
  • Dry ice
  • Motors

The biggest ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ definitely came from the methane bubbles session!

Press play below to watch a slide show of the fun filled day.

Family STEM night 16th August

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Maths, Numeracy, Science, STEM | Posted on August 3, 2017

STEM at WPS

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Posted by Miss Elliott | Posted in ICT, Maths, Science, STEM | Posted on June 1, 2017

At Werribee Primary School we value the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). STEM covers a wide range of disciplines and skills, which are increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world. STEM skills and knowledge are important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.

As part of Victoria’s Education State initiative, the Victorian Government is providing $27 million over five years for 200 Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists in government schools across Victoria (two cohorts of 100 Specialists for two years each, starting in 2016).

In 2016, Werribee Primary School received funding to up skill 2 specialists in STEM. Our 2 specialist, Miss Elliott and Mrs Robertson have been working with teachers and students in their class and during lunchtime activities to help engage them in STEM experiences. We have also enlisted the help of a CSIRO Scientist to work at our school to strengthen our relationship with Primary Industries.

Experimenting with circuits and conductors

Investigating cubes

All students are invited to attend STEM club (a weekly lunchtime activity) that runs in Room 16 every Friday. STEM club provides students opportunities to engage in fun investigations of all kinds in the context of STEM learning.

Some of our activities have include:

  • Paper Helicopters
  • Engineering challenges
  • Using Microscopes to examine things up close
  • Experimenting with different materials

 

A few weeks ago students designed their own bubble wands to see if they could change what bubbles looked like. After some experimentation most students noticed how they could blow even bigger bubbles by using soapy hands.

For more information about STEM in schools please follow the link.

Silly Slime Recipe

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science | Posted on August 15, 2016

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Did you come to the amazing STEM night last week? If you enjoyed making the slime and want to make it again here is the recipe. If you missed out on attending the night try out this fun recipe.

Click here for Silly Slime Recipe.

Year 6 Disasters Downunder Showcase

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, Year 6 | Posted on October 5, 2015

At the end of term 3 the Year 6’s celebrated by inviting friends and families to the Learning Gallery to showcase their work. They also shared with the Foundation to year 5 students the next morning. The students shared their knowledge of Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Floods, Cyclones and Bushfires.

The buzz in the Learning Gallery was fantastic! Thankyou to everyone that came to see their amazing work.

Did you visit the Learning Gallery to see the showcase ? What did you think?

Year 6 Science excursion

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, Year 6 | Posted on August 24, 2015

On Wednesday the 19th of August 2015 the grade 6’s had an amazing trip to Suzanne Cory High School for a science excursion. We were split into six groups and had to stay with them the whole time. We experienced the most extraordinary things and my personal favourite would have to be when the teacher set my hand on fire without it burning. It was a brilliant day from start to finish and I hope to relive this experience again. By Gooled (School Captain)

 

Year 3’s @ Scienceworks

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, Year 3 | Posted on August 3, 2015

Scienceworks Earth Moon and Sun show_AutoCollage_11_Images_2The Year 3s spent an informative day at Scienceworks learning about Space. The students learnt so much from the Earth, Moon and Sun show and they also enjoyed the Tilt show in the Planetarium where they learnt about Seasons. This has been a great way to start our topic this term. The classes have been following up on this understanding by doing experiments in the classrooms.

CERES Incursion – Renewable Energy

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science | Posted on July 17, 2015

Today CERES came to our school and taught the year 6 students about electricity and global warming. The students generated electricity by riding a special bike that powered lights, a hair dryer, a fan and a kettle. They also used arm power to generate power to a fan which in turn charged a remote control car. A few students acted out how global warming works.

Press play to view a slideshow of today.

How do you feel about global warming?

Do you or do you know anyone that uses renewable energy?

What do you know about renewable and nonrenewable energy?

 

Solar Ovens

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, Sustainability, Year 3, Year 4 | Posted on March 12, 2015

Yesterday all the year 3 classes got together to see if the solar oven was able to cook an egg during the last lesson of the day. We tried out two of the solar ovens provided by Professor Bunsen. In one of the ovens we used a ‘silver’ frying pan. In the other, a ‘black’ frying pan which we predicted would be better due to its ability to retain radiated heat a little better. This proved to be true as the egg in the black pan actually cooked!

All up it was an eggxcellent lesson which proved to be very popular! By Mr Zaitzev

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Professor Bunsen visited the year  3 & 4’s at the start of term.

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Year 6 Disasters Downunder Showcase

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, Year 6 | Posted on October 9, 2014

On September the 16th at 6pm the Year 6’s celebrated their work from term 3 by inviting friends and families to the Learning Gallery to showcase their work. They also shared with the Foundation to year 5 students the next morning. The buzz in the Learning Gallery was fabulous!

Did you visit the Learning Gallery to see the showcase ? What did you think?

‘On the 3rd day of learning’ rap

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science | Posted on August 20, 2014

My inspiration would have to be every artist in the universe. I just love the sound of music and I wanted to put myself in their shoes and make up a song and a rap that no one else has done before. So I said to myself ‘Let’s have a try and just do it’.

What do you think of the song?

Year 6’s at Scienceworks

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, Sport, Year 6 | Posted on August 11, 2014

Last Friday the year 6 students visited Scienceworks and the Planitarium. We watched Tilt which taught us about the tilt of the Earth and how it effects our seasons, we also learnt about the stars in our solar system. The students (and teachers/parents 🙂 ) had a ball with all of the interactive displays in Sportsworks and also learnt about about what the future might look like in the Think Ahead exhibition.

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Scienceworks

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Posted by Garrett | Posted in Science | Posted on July 21, 2014

On the 17th of July 2014 all the year 3/4 students went to Scienceworks. We went because of our topic which is to do with science and space. The highlights of the day were the planetarium and the solids, liquids and gases show/cool stuff. Don’t forget the rescue exhibition. We had an awesome time and want to go back again! 🙂

From Piper and Jessica 3/4 (with help from Lucas 6S)

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Have you been to Scienceworks?

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