Science Week 2018 was a week filled with fun and engaging science activities. 2018 celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (genetic engineering, biotechnologies, prosthetics, bionics, genetic modification, brain enhancement and ethics) and the 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby (genetic engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology). We celebrated through engaging and hands-on experiences in science.
On the first day was the science extravaganza including dry ice, volcanoes, ooblek and more, there was also a scinema with short film festival of science films.
Day two brought us microscopes at the resource centre and a science spectacular involving activities such as the Vann Der Graff generator, elephants’ toothpaste, vacuum chamber and much more! Next newsletter we will explore all the fun the second half of science week had to offer.
Day three involved a virtual reality display where students were immersed in science through the innovative technology advancements of VR by exploring the international space station both inside the station and on an interactive space walk. In the afternoon, the Year 11 IB students presented their group 4 project, a vital component of their Diploma, where they worked collaboratively through the science disciplines to put on a science fair for the Primary School students with experiments such as creating glowsticks, sherbet, vann de Graff generator, CSI Fingerprinting, vortex cannons and more!
The final day of science week brought us a squid dissection, in which students learned about the anatomy of a squid, how its body worked and examined a squid’s eye in detail.
Then came the liquid nitrogen show, the coolest of them all! Liquid nitrogen was used to freeze and smash an orange and flowers and to freeze a balloon to see the air liquefied. The highlight of the show though was the liquid nitrogen ice-cream, made in front of the students and enjoyed by all. Needless to say, the ice-cream was a crowd favourite!