Science Snippets

Did you know that on the 22/08/1989, the first complete ring around Neptune was discovered by Voyager 2? Previously, only fragments of certain rings around Neptune had been viewed from Earth, but the photos from Voyager 2confirmed one complete ring of Neptune.  Also on the22/08/1966, the Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of the Earth from the Moon.

From 14 to 18 August (National Science Week in case you forgot) was a very successful time for Stuartholme’s scientific community where we focused on this year’s National Science Week theme ‘Future Earth’. The first event (Tuesday lunch) was the House Recycling Competition. Congratulations to Toohey the winner of this competition who managed to sort accurately the recyclables from the non-recyclables the fastest. On Thursday we had a water filtration activity labelled, ‘The Wonder of Water’. This activity saw students discover the processes needed to clean and filtrate dirty water to a drinkable level. Friday 18 was the Teachers vs Students trivia competition ‘Are you smarter than a STU girl?’. We saw the students take out a surprising win against the all-star teacher line up including, Mrs Bolton, Mr Neilson, Mrs Bell and Miss Harkin. Thank you to everyone who participated in the activities, we hope to see everyone for next year’s National Science Week.

On another note, a small group of girls completed the ICAS Science competition back in May after school and they achieved some good results. Congratulations to Tessa Buzzo (Year 11) and Alessa Wiltshire (Year 7) for receiving a Credit and Distinction Award, respectively.

Some upcoming events in Science include: Careers in Cloud Computing on Thursday 31 August 2017 at Women’s College, University of Queensland. You are invited to an address presented by Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Amazon Web Services. The presentation is on the future of technology and the many high-demand careers now available to students in cloud computing. If you are interested in attending, contact Ms Macdonald. Also the 64th Queensland Science Contest is a great opportunity for students from Prep to Year 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes. Registrations for student entries in the contest will be open until 9 October.

Don’t forget that Science Help is held every Monday Week B after school in the library (JELC1). Ms Macdonald and Mr Marshall are there to help you with your science questions. Mr Marshall also holds Chemistry tutorials in S204 at Friday lunchtime (Year 12 is Week A, Year 11 is Week B).

Thanks everyone,

Bridie Nebe
2017 Science Ambassador