Over two days, students participated in a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities run by both St Joseph’s Catholic High School staff and the University of Wollongong.
Activities included: a solar house design, bottle rockets, 3D printing, drones, forensic candy making and flying balsa planes.
Also projects such as water storage and flow, driving an open-wheeler racer driving simulator, coding of a Mars rover, extracting the genome of strawberries, determining the half-life of a radioactive Isotope plus the building and testing of beams.
STEM-related programs has become a priority as too few tertiary students are pursuing degrees in these fields.
In term three the school hosted over 350 Year 5 students from surrounding schools.
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Several students from Year 9 and 10 volunteered to help staff run these activities and guide the Year five students involved in enrichment activities with students from other schools while in a high school setting.
“It allowed the St Joseph’s community to demonstrate the capacity of the school and its facilities to both the Year 5 students and their teachers,” principal Mark Baker said.
St Joseph’s is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic High School in Albion Park with the motto “Act Justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God”.
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