Year 6’s were programming ‘Pro-Bots’ today as part of their classtime and the results were quite amazing. Students were able to program these yellow cars to move around the table through ‘clap’ commands. Great stuff Mr Judd, the students were enthralled with the session!
I saw some wonderful things happening in Mr Cameron’s Year 7 Science class this week. Students were conducting an experiment and completing a related exercise on their computers. All students were very engaged in the session!
I enjoyed a brief visit to the Science room yesterday, where Miss Pilkington was teaching our year 5 class about phases of the moon. The enthusiasm in the room was outstanding all round!
College staff participated in a Science-based morning tea on Friday to celebrate Science Week at the college. Many thanks go to Mr Cameron, Mrs Johns, Miss Pilkington and Mr Judd for their organisation of special events throughout the week.
Well done to our fantastic Science department on the captivating ‘dry ice extravaganza’ that they put on today. We had over half the school in the Multi-purpose Room at lunchtime today enjoying the show!
Year 7 students are currently completing informative presentations in Science class with Mr Cameron. I saw the end of Hugh’s presentation and it was very impressive!
Mr Cameron and some eager and interested students are making race cars on our 3D printer to race at a special event in Melbourne on August 20th. More pictures and details to come…
On Tuesday, Mr Phelan and the Year 12 Biology class went to Melbourne for a Genetics Workshop at Melbourne University. We investigated the genetics of the Drosophila fruit fly. We had to anaesthetise the flies and determine males from females and which characteristics successive generations actually had. We also looked at aspects of recombinant DNA technology and gene splicing, and the copper resistance gene. We used Gel Electrophoresis, a laboratory technique used for studying DNA, to look at the CopR gene.
The East Loddon students were in a group of about 100 students, most from prestigious Melbourne schools. Our group was supported by a PHD graduate student. We used a variety of great equipment including micropipettes and fabulous microscopes and set up lanes of DNA with fluorescent markers in Agarose gel, for the electrophoresis technique. The series of experiments that we preformed was really challenging, but we learnt a lot and had a really good day overall. This information will be used in our unit 4 SAC work coming up. By Chelsea T