The University of Newcastle, Australia

Creating a passion for science

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

One AIM HIGH program has inspired a Mid North Coast school to turn every Thursday into science day.

Lava bubbling

"The Careers Through Science program delivered by AIM HIGH had a very positive impact on our students' learning. The students were very engaged during all of the sessions and they are still talking about what they achieved in the science lessons," said Linda Ottignon, Year 4 teacher.

"Science is a part of everything. Bulahdelah Central School is involved in a Self Organised Learning Environment program that incorporates Key Learning Areas (KLA's) such as Literacy, Numeracy, Visual Arts, Science and HSIE. We will be using some of the AIM HIGH ideas in our projects," she added.

Careers Through Science was developed by the AIM HIGH program at the University of Newcastle to introduce primary students to scientific concepts that enhance learning outcomes.

"It's a national priority at the moment to increase participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas," said Kirrily Stokes, AIM HIGH Program Coordinator.

"Careers Through Science has been developed in line with the Stage 2 syllabus and has clear connections with what students are learning in the classroom," she added.

Designed to peak their curiosity and develop their measurement and observation skills, students use the scientific method to complete a range of experiments from making slime to creating bubbling lava lamps.

"By giving students such a positive experience of science from a young age hopefully they will carry their curiosity into high school and beyond," said Ms Stokes.

The program was a timely lead in to National Science Week that commenced August 15.

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