Scitech Science Communicators Jess and Cory battled wild weather to bring interactive science shows and workshops to the Wheatbelt this February, visiting students in Wyalkatchem, Beacon and most schools between.
Students and teachers learned all about physics with two exciting hands-on shows, Move It and the brand new Prove It.
Both shows, and accompanying workshops, used everyday objects to understand concepts like force, light and movement, encouraging students to conduct their own experiments if they want to find out how something works.
“Being a small school in the country it is always important to extend students, and having science experts come with equipment we don’t have benefits both staff and students,” Cadoux Primary School Principal Helen Hill said.
“As educators we are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet. Industry is indicating these job with have STEM focus, so it is important to give all students the scaffolding to succeed”.
The big red Scitech truck rolled through the region for 10 days, stopping along the way in Cadoux, Koorda, Beacon, Kalannie, Nungarin, Trayning, Wyalkatchem, Dowerin, and Mukinbudin.
“There are a lot of rules in physics but we play with slingshots and torches, so the students get involved in the experiments and learn by doing,” Scitech Tour Manager Jess Scholle said.
“Prove It is our brand new physics show that introduces primary school students to the world of physics by getting them to make predictions, do experiments, and test the results to see if they make sense”.
Scitech’s regional touring program is supported by a longstanding partnership with Rio Tinto and offers interactive learning opportunities which encourage students to be less fearful of complex subjects like science, technology, engineering and maths.
“Sometimes the perception of physics and forces is that they’re not fun or engaging subjects, which is not true at all,” Ms Scholle said.
“Being able to understand light, gravity, mass, and the rules of physics is the first step to understanding the biggest and smallest parts of our universe which is, literally, an infinite area of science.”