During Science Week at TVPS there were lots of activities happening! From slime making, to building bridges, to even seeing how plants grow! The students asked questions, pondered about how things worked and wondered why things happened!
The whole school was extremely lucky to have Rachael Feilso (also a mother at our school), a Forensic Scientist from the Victoria Police, visit and present to all the grade levels during the week. She discussed what science is, how the Victoria Police use science to help fight crime and how important the skills of science can be. She also shared with students the importance of our fingerprints and how significant they are in identifying who we are! We thank Rachael greatly for the magnificent presentations and hard work across the week. The students and teachers had a fantastic time listening and learning about Forensic Science!
Across Foundation to Grade 2 there were lots of activities going on! From slime making in Foundation to planting mushrooms and watching them grow and even building structures to test the strength of them. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions, ponder why and test theories. All becoming mini-scientists. Students were also asked how they could change the earth to make it a better place.
In Grade 3-6 students were involved in ‘The TVPS Amazing Race: Science Edition’. Students were put into mixed groups, there were students from all the grades in their team. They were then put to the challenge of mastering 5 different problems from designing a foil boat to engineering a bridge that could withhold a Sphero ball rolling across it. All teams worked extremely well together building, constructing, asking questioning, and then repeating this again to get to a possible solution!
We hope you enjoyed hearing about the activities the students were involved in during Science Week and we hope to make Science bigger and better in 2018!
Student Reflection: by Ruby Grade 4
On Thursday the 18th of August Grade 4 went on an amazing forensic incursion. Rachael Feilso, a forensic scientist and mother of Xavier Feilso in 4L, shared with grade four all of her amazing experiences.
She showed grade four what she really looked like while working with Xave and Ryan demonstrating the blue suits. They were quite large and baggy on the boys and looked a bit odd but it was really interesting to watch. Grade four enjoyed watching them shuffle around in the suits.
After that Rachael showed grade four what forensic scientists did with footprints that they found on the crime scene. First they made a print of the shoe then they analysed other shoes and compared them with the original print. ‘I never realised that they did that!’ says Celina Ung 4B. Rachael also showed us how they checked finger prints and how there are none that are the same.
Grade four looked at DNA samples that they had to find the one that matched the one on the crime scene. Grade four also learnt that if there were two spikes one was from their mum and the other was from their dad and if there was only one spike both parents had the same. We also learnt that identical twins have the same DNA.’ It was so fun finding the DNA that matched the one on the crime scene’ Maddie M from 4L says.
At the end of the session Rachael gave grade 4 sheets that they used and put their finger prints on with a bit of ink, then they showed it to her and she told them whether we had a loop, arch or a whorl, she also told us that it was unusual to have two of the patterns so if they did have two they would be easy to catch if they did a crime.
Grade four loved having Rachael over at T.V.P.S. and they hope they have it again in the not-so-distant future.
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