Science fires up the kids
THE love is spreading at Murwillumbah High School.
A love of science is seeing interest grow among primary children through a program that has seen more than 300 students visit the school.
The science transition program for primary schools is attracting a throng of followers, Kerri Turnbull, the program co-ordinator said.
The science teacher said the initiative that she started two years ago has seen students from five local primary schools and it continues to attract more interest each year.
"I was inspired to start the program because of a love for science and as a mother of two primary school students," she said.
"I really wanted to support primary schools to access the specialised science experience that is built into the high school curriculum.
"Topics such as volcanoes, cells and microscopes, skeletal system, digestive system and immune systems come to life for the students with the hands-on learning style that is adopted in the lessons.
"It's especially worthwhile when a child who has visited one of my classes approaches me excitedly in the supermarket with their parent to say hello and tell me how much they enjoyed the program."
The most recent school to visit was Sathya Sai Primary School.
Principal at Sathya Sai primary school Leelah Broughton said she was very grateful that the opportunity was available to her students, particularly their exposure to the authentic setting of a science lab and the specialised teaching.
"We like to get our younger students involved, as well as our older students so they can have an early positive experience of high school," she said.
"They just love it, so we really value these cross-school partnerships."