‘Satellite crash’ gets Science Week off to an inquisitive start at Alkimos school

St James’ Anglican School students examine a satellite that landed on school grounds.
St James’ Anglican School students examine a satellite that landed on school grounds.

NATIONAL Science Week at St James’ Anglican School began with a bang this year, or rather an explosion, as a satellite and other space junk landed in the front courtyard.

“Luckily it missed all of the buildings and students,” innovation teaching and learning director Laura Briggs said.

The satellite that landed on the school grounds.

“NASA have been out and declared the crash site radioactive free, however, it will take some time to clear up and so students have the amazing opportunity to study the area and learn from it.

“We will be keeping an eye out for aliens around the school and hoping that we do not frighten any away with our bright orange jumpers.”

Students Kayla Macdonald, Kenzie Douglas and Marissa White.

The crash, of course, was staged – but it gave students some unique learning opportunities.

Mrs Briggs said students at the Alkimos school were also learning how drones were used in careers and exploring the jobs that may be created in the future with the automation of industry.

She said winners of a whole school science quiz would get to do a science dissection in the lab.

National Science Week ends on August 19.