Gooseberry Primary students get hands-on science lesson at Agilent


Year 6 students Emily Mottram, Sophie Eden and Darcy O’Connor experiment with the science of fingerprinting.
Year 6 students Emily Mottram, Sophie Eden and Darcy O’Connor experiment with the science of fingerprinting.

AGILENT Technologies hosted 16 students from Gooseberry Hill Primary School (GHPS) for an after school activity involving hands-on science.

Ex-GHPS student John Miles, now an engineer with Agilent, led students through two activities that required close observation and the use of dichotomous keys to solve make-believe crimes.

“These activities provide the students with experiences that mirror what we do in real life,” Mr Miles said.

“They are the cornerstone of the scientific approach to discovery. Our company needs scientists in the future and this is one positive way to have students experience the enthusiasm we have for our work.”

The activities were welcomed by the school as part of Science Week, which was held this week.

School Principal Patrick Bourke praised the company for promoting science in primary schools.

Principal Patrick Bourke said the school program presented students with experiences to consider science-learning areas in high school and perhaps as a career in the future.

The school is hoping to renew its association with the company in 2017 and offer science experiences to other students.