Kids gets hands-on with magic of science

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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Wagin District High School primary students Luke Brockwell, Chad Howell, Ava Ward and Lara Painter.
Camera IconWagin District High School primary students Luke Brockwell, Chad Howell, Ava Ward and Lara Painter. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Wagin District High School primary students became little scientists last Thursday when the Scitech Primary School Science Tour made its way into the Wheatbelt.

Primary students from pre-primary to Year 6 had the opportunity to get hands-on experience learning about chemistry.

Visiting six primary schools across the Wheatbelt and South West, the tour aimed to increase student interest and participation in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM).

Scitech presenter Jennifer Thomas said it was important for all students to have access to STEM learning so they could find an interest and develop their skills.

“Being involved in STEM is really important, especially in the growing workplace because 75 per cent of jobs need STEM skills,” Ms Thomas said.

Scitech’s regional program is helping remote communities and schools explore science with opportunities they do not normally have access to.

Primary student Isaac Brockway making 'puffy paint'
Camera IconPrimary student Isaac Brockway making 'puffy paint' Credit: Kellie Balaam

The tour’s Mix and Make Show caters for kindergarten to Year 3 audiences.

It involved making recipes for a Milo milkshake, homemade lava lamp, “puffy paint” and a mega bubble bath.

The Elements of Surprise Show, aimed at Years 4-6, encouraged older students to explore chemistry by creating chemical reactions.

Ms Thomas said the tour would help with the school’s science program because it aligned with the curriculum.

“The tour relates to the curriculum points the students are learning in their class,” she said.

Wagin District High School Year 4 student Ava Ward said she enjoyed the Scitech visit.

“I learnt you can mix different liquids together and make explosions,” she said.

Year 3 student Lara Painter said she liked how the show was so unpredictable.

“I did not expect the last experiment to be a massive explosion and I like science because you can do so many different experiments,” Lara said.

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