Scitech took interactive science shows and workshops to more than 700 primary school students in the Great Southern region in February and March, visiting students in Tambellup, Mount Barker, 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, use 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.
“Playing with toys can lead to all sorts of amazing science experiments. In Move It and Prove It we get the students to make a prediction, test their theory, and tweak the experiment,” Scitech Tour Manager Colleen Kleinschmidt said.
“Especially in Prove It the element of play and excitement is so important, because we are experimenting with physics concepts than can be quite tricky to visualise. We always encourage students and teachers to not just believe what they read, but test the rules to see if there is more than meets the eye”.
Scitech’s regional touring program is supported by a longstanding partnership with Rio Tinto and offers interactive learning opportunities which encourage students to become more engaged with complex subjects like science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
“Sometimes the perception of physics and forces is that they’re not fun or engaging subjects, which is not true at all,” Ms Kleinschmidt said.
“Critical thinking and STEM skills are going to be so important as these students grow up so when we introduce concepts like light, forces, and the rules of physics we are aiming to put them on a path of lifelong learning and discovery”.