Students participate in school-first science expo

CONCENTRATION: These Stawell Secondary pupils are trying to construct a tall structure using limited materials at the school's science workshop. Picture: Anthony Piovesan
CONCENTRATION: These Stawell Secondary pupils are trying to construct a tall structure using limited materials at the school's science workshop. Picture: Anthony Piovesan

Stawell Secondary students’ brains were put to the test when they encountered three tough science workshops on Wednesday. 

Students from Melbourne University visited the school and presented students with three different tasks.

Students used chemistry and food technology principles to make ice-cream, analysed human, cat and horse hair through light waves and used maths and strategic planning to build a tall structure.  

Science faculty special project coordinator Stephanie Austin said it was the first year Melbourne University students had presented their workshops at a Stawell school. 

“It’s a great opportunity to see how university students develop their confidence in presenting something they are really passionate about,” she said. 

“There is a lot of thought processes and planning that goes into it and all the interaction with the students – they were in their shoes a few years ago, so it is giving back to that learning cycle.”

The science program is in its second year.