It is that time of year again, as the Grade 7’s put their best Science-foot forward and begin asking fascinating questions.They’ve been hard at work these past 2 weeks; collectively wondering, questioning, designing, hypothesising and testing these wonders of the world. This process has been one of discovery and excitement, with some very interesting and thought provoking questions being put to the “test”.

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The questions have ranged from all areas of life and what was especially key, for us as teachers, was for it to be relevant and interesting to the students. Science is the study of everything, so the opportunities that existed in doing this project were limitless.

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The step-by-step process has to be fully appreciated as this project has asked for strict adherence to all steps; and in true scientific fashion, there is always a conclusion to an experiment. The learners quickly discovered that doing one test would not reflect true scientific data. They would have to conduct several tests and often have to adjust their original test to acquire the data they needed. This laid the foundation for some internal questioning and allowed them the opportunity to keep pushing their scientific boundaries.

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All of this information was to be filmed, documented, described, drawn, labeled and noted on the learners iPads using the app Keynote. This would amalgamate their experiment data and produce a professional Keynote presentation, that the students would all use to present their findings to the Grade 4-6 students and visitors from Ukanyo Primary School in the Hall.

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Science is not always about finding out whether you are correct or incorrect, but rather about the discoveries made in the process. There are no failures when it comes to science as there is no right or wrong answer. Science experimentation gives us the opportunity to test any question and record accurate data, that then will reflect whether you accept or reject your hypothesis. This now allows the student to develop a new set of questions, hypothesis and scientific tests.

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The Science-Expo is something we as educators always look forward to and we love to see how the students develop throughout the few weeks it takes to conduct the experiments. Judging by what we’ve seen, we may have a few future scientists on the rise in South Africa and hopefully the world.

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