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.


2012 Victorian Model Solar Boat Challenge

Another fantastic day was had this year by all of the participants, parents, teachers and friends at the Victorian Model Solar Vehicle Challenge, held at Scienceworks.  Around forty of our Level 4 students attended on the day but the entire unit took part in this challenge at school during the normal Science & Tech classes on a Tuesday.

Although it became very windy in the afternoon and the Sun was not always shining bright we were able to place well in the preliminary rounds and got a few boats through tho the second round of the finals.  It was very clear that our hard work had improved our boats significantly but there is still much learning and testing to be done if we wish to compete for top honours on the race day.

This engineering challenge is a huge event and has become a focus of our Science & Technology program at Grovey West.  The kids enjoy the design and build phases of our project but the real excitement and reflection comes on race day and on the bus on the way home!  We are already discussing new ideas and designs to further improve next year and have earmarked a couple of earlier testing dates to ensure we are ready come race day.

All of the work that goes into the challenge teaches students to work within teams, design and produce a quality product, test and evaluate that product, build and test complex wiring circuits, work to a strict deadline, act on feedback and represent their school with pride in a statewide event on a non-school day.  This dedication and hard work certainly paid off for our students as they have had a great time taking part and are aloready looking forward to another assault on the title next year.