Students celebrate Science Week

DISTANCE MEASURED: Bryce Bennett and Mani Berliner try Sophie Johnson and Dillon Sharwood’s marble flicking experiment with Mietta Johnson watching. I SEE THE LIGHT: Ari Jobson Berliner and Chloe Mcgill make a light bulb work using batteries and wire.

IT was the young teaching the younger at Margaret River Montessori Primary School on Thursday, as upper primary students shared science experiments with middle and junior classes for National Science Week.

Students demonstrated energy-based experiments, including paper windmills, marble flicking, and paper-clip clown models that moved using magnets.

They confidently explained the science behind the clever tricks and let the awed junior students participate.

Upper primary teacher Tallisen said the experiments had been hand picked and organised by students, and teaching others helped them learn.

“Montessori’s philosophy is to teach students to be responsible,” she said. “And if they have to teach it, they have to know it.”

Put together by SciTech and CSIRO, National Science Week was held August 11-19, with a theme of “alternative energy for all”.

Tallisen said the aim was to “promote awareness of people in the world who have no energy”, as well as to promote science at a young age.

She said this is important as the enrolment of people in science degrees is rapidly decreasing.

As well as the science day, students participated in a “monster car challenge” where they raced cars made from materials found around their homes.

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