On Tuesday, 4 June and Thursday, 20 June saw Bulahdelah Central School host an inaugural Stage 5 Future Focus Learning days.
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These days involved students from our Myall Learning Community schools – Tea Gardens, Booral, Bungwahl, Coolongolook as well as Bulahdelah.
Students participated in a range of activities which focused on three technology disciplines- Food Technology, Wood Technology and STEM.
Students rotated around each technology discipline throughout the day and experienced making small projects such as a CO2 powered race car, a laser cut and engraved name badge and a small woodwork pencil holder.
At Food Technology they made meat pies, muffins and ice creams, which students got to eat at lunch time and were able to take some samples home to share.
Linda Drenkhahn, Careers Advisor for tyhe School said, “Special thanks goes to the TAS (Technological & Applied Studies) faculty staff, George Frangos, Chris Gladys, Debbie Booth, the Myall Learning Community schools and AGL for their support to the successful running of the day.”
“Thank you also to the teachers from participating schools for their assistance. Without these partnerships, positive outcomes for our students are less attainable. Brent Smith – Relieving Head Teacher TAS.”
Over two action packed, exciting days Year 5 and 6 were treated to some Earth and Space activities that enhanced their understanding of Science.
With Natalie Stanfield, students observed hydrogen gas exploding and learned how elements are important in making up the Universe and allowing space travel, in out Rockets to Outer Space lesson.
Students also tested their own Tea Bag Rockets. They ignite empty tea bags and watching how hot air rises as the bag burns causing them to lift off at the last moment.
Every student enjoyed this so much, they had to do it multiple times! Our lovely cleaner didn’t even mind the mess it made, as the students seemed to be having so much fun.
Pam Gollan had them for Back Down to Earth looking at making Clouds in Beaker and explaining how heating and cooling cycles make our weather patterns.
Ms Drenkhahn said, “Students also created Rainbows by splitting white light with a prism. This shows how the natural phenomenon occurs after rain as water droplets in the air make natural prisms to split light in to the beautiful, easily recognisable wonders in the sky.”
To finish, students completed a career interest quiz on WIRL Career.
“Students read their results and viewed short videos about jobs that were suggested to them based on their interest areas,” said Ms Drenkhahn.