From bees and paper planes, to fruit and veggies; Kooringal Public School students were involved in a range of science activities to celebrate National Science Week.
Kooringal teacher and part of the school’s STEAM committee Melissa Smith, said the school is pushing the importance for creative and critical thinking based learning.
“STEAM focuses on science, technology, arts and maths, and there’s a really big push because this year the theme is, ‘game changers and change makers of the future’,” Mrs Smith said.
“What we teach children here, is to open their mind and think creatively to solve problems, as they’re the ones who will solve problems of the future.
“So we need to get them to open their minds and solve problems in different ways because in the future we’re going to be relying on that thought process and this is why it’s so important.”
Grade one student, Emerson Roberts said her favourite part of science day was looking at the bees and tasting the different types of honey.
“I learnt that the Queen bee actually likes to stay in the dark,” Emerson said.
Charles Sturt University were among the guests at Kooringal’s science day, teaching students about the differences between fruits and vegetables, roots, stems and leaves and the developmental sequence from flowers to fruits.
Parent of two ex-Kooringal students and a CSU lecturer in plant science, John Harper said it is great to see children at a young age really engaged with science.
“This is raising awareness for children and the schools about the importance of science and the children are just so engaged,” Mr Harper said.
“We’re lucky to come along today when they’re in the process of looking at plants and growing plants in the garden and of course, plants are so important for food.
“The children are just so excited and answering questions, which is great to see from an early age.”
National Science Week is running from August 11 to August 19, and this year’s theme indicates the creative and critical thinking to promote and develop the game changers and change makers of the future.