Year 12 students Isobel Gordon and Rita Bradshaw enjoying The School of Total Education’s Science Evening.
Year 12 students Isobel Gordon and Rita Bradshaw enjoying The School of Total Education’s Science Evening. Contributed

Science and food all linked

SCIENCE Feeding the World was the theme for Science Week this year and families at SOTE celebrated with a special evening last Friday.

Year 11 and 12 senior students shared the results of their Extended Experimental Investigations (part of their senior studies) with other students and their families, and were solidly quizzed and questioned about their projects.

Year 10 students demonstrated acceleration experiments and solar ovens built by primary students were on display in preparation for testing with marshmallows and chocolate.

A science trivia evening followed with about 60 parents and secondary students participating, while about 35 primary students were entertained with a collaborative quiz and games of their own.

Where does our food come from? This was the question that the primary students were asked to consider when looking at a variety of packaged food.

The answers ranged from USA to Samoa and from Belgium to South Africa - a good spread of the globe!

The children marked on a world map where all the food items originated, how far the food had travelled and what means of transport was used. Buying food closer to home reduces the food miles and consequently reduces greenhouse gases.

This was all accompanied by a delicious, low food miles supper provided by parents. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for learning, sharing and enjoying science together as a school community.



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