Science Week Paper Plane Challenge

Coonabarabran High is known to be good at a lot of things, constructing paper planes may not be one of them but so what if paper planes aren’t our specialty. You can’t say we didn’t try, which is probably one of our best qualities as a school. Students from all year groups tried their hand at building paper planes for the Science Week National Paper Plane Challenge. Science is all about having a go, asking questions and finding answers in the strangest places. For every dud paper plane, we have learnt a little bit more about the mechanics of flight.

Some of the finalists include:

The Resilience Award: Annabel Shannon and Alex Freeman for most mechanical revisions.

The Excellence Award: Luke Bonello and Jack Richards for the furthest flight.

The Respect Award: Toby Newton and Mr Stewart for the longest time in air.

The Winners will be announced on the next assembly.

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Tools for Success – A Big thank you to Inland Rail from Supernova Star Squad

Coonabarabran High School’s Robotics Team, ‘Supernova Star Squad’, although very disappointed that this year’s tournaments were cancelled, were excited to find out that they were one of the successful applicants for an Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program grant.

The Inland Rail grant has provided the team with much-needed high-quality hand and power tools, and storage equipment. The tools were sourced locally with the help from the supportive staff at Roach’s Hardware and will come in very handy when building a robot.

The team is very excited about competing in next year’s tournaments and have already been enjoying the use of the new ‘fancy’ tools and can’t wait to see what they can achieve with them.
A big thank you to Inland Rail for supporting STEM in small communities!

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Year 11 Biology Fieldwork in the Warrumbungles

On Thursday 11 August the Year 11 Biology class travelled to the Warrumbungles to carry out field work. The aim of the study was to compare abiotic and biotic factors at two different sites in the National Park. Under the instruction of Mr Wes Leedham, Principal at the Warrumbungles National Park Environmental Education Centre, the students learnt and applied a range of fieldwork techniques to collect valid and reliable data. Students collected data about things like the abundance and diversity of plants and animals at each site using quadrats and transects. They also used a range of instruments to measure abiotic factors such as soil temperature, aspect, humidity, light intensity and gradient. In the afternoon students got their hands dirty when they tested  soil samples they had collected at each site to determine soil pH and soil texture. During class time, following the field trip, students applied their data analysis skills to identify relationships between the different environments and the organisms that can be found there.

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