Alien and meteorite landings spark school Science Week activities

Police were on hand when an alien aircraft apparently crash landed at Churchlands Primary School as part of National Science Week activities. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Police were on hand when an alien aircraft apparently crash landed at Churchlands Primary School as part of National Science Week activities. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

AN alien aircraft and meteorite crash landed at schools as part of National Science Week activities.

Students at Deanmore Primary School in Scarborough arrived to discover a large meteorite had apparently landed on school grounds, leaving a large crater.

Science teacher Melinda Carr said the activity aimed to start Science Week with “a bang” and ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

“A lot of the kids were quite sceptical and it was a great opportunity to talk them through the process of finding proof for and against whether the meteorite was real or not,” she said.

Deanmore Primary School students Loralei Nurse (Year 1), Lilly Schupp (Year 6), Oscar Drakeford (Year 6) and Max Smith (Year 3) with geologist Carl Brauhart and teacher Melinda Carr. Photo: Steve Schupp.

Stirling Asphalt’s Pat Loughnan donated and delivered the rock, which Ms Carr staged over the weekend, and geologist Carl Brauhart acted as a visiting scientist analysing the rock.

In Floreat, local police greeted Churchlands Primary School students seeking witnesses after an alien aircraft appeared to have landed.

Churchlands Primary School year 4 students Daniel Ghisalberti, Adam Wong and Heath Randall at the alien crash landing site. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

Deputy principal Luke Johnson said the staged crash led to a week-long challenge where students tried to help alien Zorg return to his home planet.

“Students swarmed the ‘craft’, continuously questioning the why, what, how of the situation,” he said.

“The solutions and teamwork applied by all students was a credit to our school and we celebrated these solutions in a feature film on Friday afternoon.”

Taksheel Kadri (year 4) gives a statement to Snr Const Ryan Hoypoy (Wembley Police) at the alien crash landing site. Photo: Andrew Ritchie