The Duel Down Under was yet another full-on but totally worth it experience for our robotics crew ‘The Supernova Star Squad’. After a very productive and stressful first day of attaching the new ‘cargo’ arm mechanism (courtesy of Jack), trouble shooting issues like; it’s too high, how do we replace the battery now, crazy coding and controlling the robot (just to name a few). All worth it! The team progressed further than they have so far in the competition (second semi) which was an amazing effort. Thanks to the dedication of the team, the mentors including Carl and The Observatory, our bus driver Mr Rayner, and the chocolatey goodness package and help from the Newton’s.
On Monday 19th August the Year 11 biology class visited the Warrumbungles to carry out field work as part of the ecosystems module of work. During the day students developed their skills in a range of techniques used to study living and non-living components of the environment. By the end of the day the students could competently use a range of devices and techniques to collect reliable data.
Can you have too much ‘sciencey’ Fun? The Science Faculty says no way! It was great to see so many students explore the science what was on offer at lunchtime during Science Week; there was the ‘Paper Plane Challenge’, the ‘Robotics Obstacle Course’, the ‘Water Rocket Blast Off’, for the movie buffs, a film discovering the amazing world of slime, and who could forget (as it is still all over the dais) the ‘Non Newtonian Fluid Fun’. Thank you to everyone who got involved. Congratulations to the winners of the Cryptic Science Inquiry Questions. Happy Sciencing!
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On Wednesday 26 June, an enthusiastic group of Year 9 and 10 students made the long trip to Canberra to take part in the Youth Leading in STEM program. This application based program was open to all Year 9 and 10 students with an interest in STEM. Organisers said that they were overwhelmed with the number and quality of applications this year. CHS had 10 students apply, 8 of which were accepted into the program. Unfortunately, 2 students had equestrian commitments, so it was a packed car of 6 that made the long journey south.