Science Snippets

Did you know that on this date in 2040, the first visible conjunction during the 21st Century of the crescent moon with the five naked-eye visible planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – will occur. They will be seen clustered within a small distance of each other in the early evening sky, well east of the Sun. When a similar grouping happened in the sky on 5 May in 2000, the moon and the same five planets were lost to view because of the glare of the Sun from among them.

This isn’t for another 23 years so until then, make note of the following science events that are happening next month!

  • Registrations for the 64th Queensland Science Contest close on 9 October. This is a great opportunity for students from Prep to Year 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes. Judging is on Saturday 14 October. For more information, contact: staq@staq.qld.edu.au
  • The EmpowHer Conference is an event run by ChangeMakeHer Australia for female students in Years 9-11 on 9 October. This is an exciting conference aimed at providing practical advice and inspiration for young women with an interest in business, leadership, gender politics and STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths). The conference will feature prominent keynote speakers from leading women, engaging Q&A panels and workshops aimed to equip the girls with real-life skills that they will be able to takeaway. It will be delivered at the start-up venue River City Labs in Fortitude Valley, who are sponsoring the event.

Whilst Science Week for 2017 has come and gone, the science ambassadors are not done! Next term we will be continuing with our ‘Future Earth’ theme and implementing paper recycling bins into all classrooms within the school. This initiative will help to increase our recycling output and make Stuartholme an even more eco-friendly school.

A massive congratulation must go to my fellow Science Ambassador, Bridie Nebe who has been accepted to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra next January. Well done Bridie.

Tessa Buzzo
UQ Science Ambassador 2017