Leeming Senior High School students learn about new technologies

Year 8 students Elisha Adams and Tristan Cartwright. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Year 8 students Elisha Adams and Tristan Cartwright. Picture: Martin Kennealey

LEEMING Senior High School students learned about the changing face of technology as part their National Science Week celebrations.

Virtual reality devices and 3D printing were among the demonstrations that the students took part in as the school linked the week’s theme Game Changers and Change Makers.

School Science and Technology Academy coordinator Esther Janes said the displays were put together thanks to the teachers and based on lessons in classes.

“The kids were on a two-day rotation through the displays on Thursday and Friday,” she said.

“They looked at the applications of virtual reality in terms on medical and mining, nanotechnology, 3D printing and artificial intelligence technology.

Year 8 student Zara Harling. Picture: Martin Kennealey

“We also took motivation from this year’s theme by looking at people like Elon Musk and his hyperloop proposal.

“I want the students to take away how science and technology can have benefits.

“Lots of the jobs that these students will do haven’t been invented yet.”

The school often goes out to nearby schools to pass on science information but this year, they had students from West Leeming and Leeming primary schools visit to see the displays.”

Dr Janes said the academy involved the students taking an inquiry-based approach to their studies.

“The kids are involved in co-curricular activities, including trips to Scitech and trips to Canberra, there was actually a trip to visit NASA last year,” she said.