The Science of 2017

Welcome to 2017

Welcome to all new and returning families.  Here at the Science of Grovedale West you will find some information about the sort of activities and investigations that the students have been doing in Science.  It is also an opportunity for students to show parents a little of what they have been discovering in Science.  The site will at times be used as a forum for requesting resources that you may have around the home!

First off for the year I would like to make a request!!  If families were able to donate to the school any hand tools that they have at home but no longer use we would really appreciate it.  Some of the things that we are looking for include:

  • Hammers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Wire strippers
  • Clamps
  • Saws (tenon, panel, pruning)
  • Digging forks
  • Spades
  • Secateurs

To support our science activities we would love you to collect items at home and send them along to school.

Some of the items that we require are:

  • glass jars (especially Dolmio)
  • clean tin cans
  • metal patty pans (eg. mince pie containers)
  • postage tubes
  • bubble wrap
  • unwanted metal bolts and screws
  • electrical wire ( especially copper wire)
  • 1.25 plastic soft drink bottles
  • unwanted fish tanks ( preferably smaller ones)
  • unwanted balls – eg. rubber bouncy balls,
  • marbles
  • tennis balls
  • cardboard rolls from paper towel and glad wrap (no toilet rolls)
  • shoe boxes
  • large vitamin containers

Thanks in advance for your support of the Science program.


Welcome to 2016

Hello and welcome to a brand new year of learning in the Science Room.

Please check in here regularly to find out about all of the exciting things that have been happening in the science room.

If you have any 1lt milk/juice containers or 1.25lt soft drink containers lying around at home please feel free to drop them at the science room!

Little Bits has landed…

We are thrilled at GWPS to be using the wonderfully innovative and creative electronics prototyping resources called Little Bits.

Little Bits is the easiest way to prototype and learn with electronics. Its an ever growing library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets so you can invent anything.

They are building blocks that blink, beep and teach – and everyone in our community are welcome to use them to invent anything.

The students are using them in science class and general classrooms, there will be lunchtime MakerTime and community MakerNights – so stay tuned.

In the meantime i’d love you to watch the CEO of Little Bits’ Ted Talk here

And you can check out all the excitement of Little Bits on their wonderful website

In Science at our school, your only limitation is your imagination – so start inventing!

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Home Volcano Ideas!

There has been LOTS of interest around our HOME VOLCANO CHALLENGE but here are some more helpful ides to get you on your way.

Please remember, this is a FAMILY project to do at HOME and your model volcano is not required to come to school until the last week of this term, for our MASS ERUPTION on Thursday September 18th!

We’re excited – are you ready to erupt?






Here are some useful video links as well…



Good Luck –


During Term 3, all students will be learning about Earth and Space Science. As part of the study on Earth, we have designed a HOME VOLCANO CHALLENGE!

This is an exciting opportunity to link the learning we do at school, with our students and families at home.

Students will have all term to work on their VOLCANO AT HOME, with the chance to display them during Science Week – which is the last week of this term.

There will be a MASS ERUPTION of all Volcanoes in the Science Room.

Siblings can work together, or individually, to produce a working model of a volcano.

Students will bring along their model, plus a container of vinegar and bi-carb soda to ERUPT their model in the Science Room as part of the competition.

There are MAJOR prizes to be won! So get studying, thinking and creating – and don’t forget to test your Volcano at home before the competition!




Good luck!

Can you find our new celebrity phasmids?

Over the recent break, our family of phasmids has grown… not only in size, but in number! We now are the proud carers of 6 beautiful Stick Insects… Can you find them?

Secret Stick Insects


Trust us, there are 6 Stick Insects in this photograph. If you can find them, point them out to Mrs Gardiner then you can win 100 house points for your house.

And because i’m feeling kind, i’ll give you a little hint… one stick insect looks like this…



She’s our baby – only 9 wks old! Isn’t she beautiful! See if you can find her in the photograph above!

Good Luck!

Exoskeleton Microscope Challenge!

Today, during JPOD science, Charlie came in with an extremely interesting exoskeleton for everyone to look at. All the JPOD children know what this is – but can you figure it out by looking at the photographs that our digital microscope took?

Any comments (that aren’t from the JPOD) that are correct will earn house points! And, we are getting to the end of Term 2 so this could make all the difference with a house party!

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Good luck guessing…