School Grant Program in South Australia
In 2016, 46 South Australian schools received grants of up to $500 each.
The school grant program is intended to contribute to the running of a National Science Week activity or event in a school. Preschools, primary schools and secondary schools are encouraged to apply for up to $500 to assist in producing any science activity or event during National Science Week. A total of $90 000 is available each year.
Successful projects are incredibly varied: some involve just a class, others the whole school and sometimes even neighbouring schools and the wider community.
Applicants are encouraged to focus on how science, engineering, technology and mathematics influence our lives, our economy, our society and our world.
Under the theme ‘Drones, Droids and Robots,’ the following SA schools received grants for National Science Week 2016:
Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School
Kindy Science Afternoons. Students from nearby kindergartens will visit the Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School for an afternoon of fun science activities. The senior students of the primary school will design and run the activities at different stations and the kindy students will rotate between the stations.
Adelaide North Special School
The Robot Project. Each class will be given a box to design and make a robot that will support the needs, curriculum, theme or interest of the class. The completed robots will be put on display at a local shopping centre..
Aldinga Beach B-7 School
The first science week event held at this school. A science fair will be conducted, with all classes taking part and showing their learning and skills to the community.
Banksia Park Family Kindergarten
Simple Machines and Physics. Children will design and make their own simple machine with woodwork materials, and with the help of buddy students at the neighbouring primary school.
Barmera Primary School
As part of a week long activity program, the school’s Science department will highlight the use of robots and remote control aspects of science and how they can be used through hands on activities. Different aspects of science and how students from the youngest ages to families and the community can be involved in science will be on display.
Burra Community School
Water in our World. Students will be taken to local areas of significance — such as World’s End, Burra Creek and Hill River — to investigate stream gauge stations operated by the Dept. for Environment, Water and Natural Resources. An academic from Flinders University will demonstrate how groundwater resources operate in the region.
Students and visiting kindy students we will enjoy a range of science activities throughout the day.
Clare High School
Aerial imaging and remote sample collection. A flying camera platform (drone) will be used to facilitate a simulated scenario based on spillage of a hazardous substance.
Aerial vegetation analysis for vineyard management. A Near Infrared (NIR) camera will be attached to a flying camera platform (drone) to capture and analyse images that are used to monitor plant health.
Cowell Area School
Lunchtime activities – a series of lunchtime activities will be conducted for students centred around the schools theme for science week. Activities will be targeted to age groups (i.e. r-2, 3-6, 7-9 etc) with each group able to participate in 1-2 activities.
Science Fair – students will build and make models (including working models) of STEM related objects.
Cummins Area School
Robotics & Engineering Challenge & Technology – robotics and engineering showcase for the Lower Eyre Peninsula
Students from rural and remote areas will experience robotics and engineering. The showcase will have 4 parts – a robotics and engineering challenge for surrounding schools, a drones in industry session, a robotics and engineering challenge for community, and open classrooms.
East Marden Primary School
Robotic Science Galaxy. Two separate Science rooms for Reception – Year 3, and Years 4-7 will be established. Each room will have similar experiments, but with different levels of complexity. All experiments will be fully hands-on activities, covering STEM.
Edwardstown Primary School
Robotics with Scratch. Students will develop deeper understanding about how coding can be used beyond programs such as Scratch and Hour of Code, and how robotic ‘toys’ can be used for other purposes. All the students from years 3-7 may enter a challenge (individually or in groups) to write a code for a Sphero BB-8 robot or Parrot min-drone, using apps on iPads or computers. The winning entry will be a program which is more than just a game, but shows possible assistive applications.
Findon High School
Primary Science Mentoring by Year 10 science students. Various cross-curricular whole school activities will engage students in a deeper understanding of the connections between STEM focusing on Droids, Drones and Robots. Year 10 students will teach junior primary students through practical activities and demonstrations.
Fulham Gardens Primary School
Research It, Plan It, Plant It, Feed It, Nurture It – Students will investigate their local environment.
A Microscope Monocular will be used to engage students by looking at microorganisms.
Grant High School
Students will monitor pH and temperature over the week, and record, graph and interpret their data.
Greenock Primary School
A year 6/7 class will plan a range of science activities for the younger students in the school. These will include activities from all key ideas of the science curriculum. All students will experience at least 2 activities from the biological, physical, chemical and earth and space areas.
Hallett Cove South Primary School
School Open Day- 40th Anniversary Celebrations. A celebration and investigation into how children’s play has changed or remained the same over time. Students will explore toys from a variety of cultures and times, including pinball machines, robotic toys, maze runs and dolls. Children will develop their own toy or game during the lead up and then share it with the wider community during our school’s 40th anniversary open day.
Henley High School
R-10 Community Science Spectacular. Working with local partner primary schools, a Science Expo will be conducted for members of the Community and other students, showcasing experiments/demonstrations/work of Science at all year levels.
Drones, Droids and Robots Week. Students will participate in robot making competitions, school assembly, design and planning over the course of a week. Peer support will be used across the school with older classes investigating then sharing robotic devices with the school and community at a special Science Assembly.
Daily Notices Science Quiz for the whole week. Working in R-2, 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12 care groups, each group will answer 3 daily science questions appropriate for their ages. Hands on activities will take place with older students mentoring younger students – making lava lamps, making bouncy balls, spaghetti towers/bridges, rubber band racer etc using everyday materials. Lunch time competitions will explore which rubber band racer travels the greatest distance, strongest bridge built from matchstick/spaghetti, tallest spaghetti tower.
The Science Faculty will provide all students with the opportunity to be engaged in various Science activities and experiments during an entire week at school. The activities will be designed to promote collaboration and problem solving skills. Students will have the opportunity to: Participate in orchid cultivating, Program robots, Work in teams in order to construct a bridge from straws and pop sticks to determine the weight that their bridge can support, Learn about Faraday’s law and how a microphone works, Attempt to solve Science riddles to win prizes, Titration Competition between staff and senior students and Witness various eye catching demonstrations.
Lameroo Regional Community School
Full day Science Fair. Children will run workshops of science activities and experiments across all science areas including Agricultural Science.
Mary MacKillop Memorial School
‘Spectacular Science’ – a whole school Science Week activity day. Students will develop interest and engagement in scientific processes and application in the ‘real’ world and in the workplace. A range of ‘hands on’ activities will be conducted for students across all year levels involving chemical reactions, electrical circuits and motion.
MidNorth Christian College
The whole school will be putting on a Science Fair. Primary students will make things that move with natural power (e.g. solar, wind, water) such as cars, boat, planes and robots. Middle school students will make things that move with battery power: items that need wires and connections to move, such as arms, legs and propellers. Senior students will be making robots and other things that move with motors and other remote items.
Monash Primary School
The school will conduct student-led investigation, planning and sharing of student-to-student hands on science experiments and demonstrations which show the relevance of science in everyday life and industry. The senior classes will each research and practice and set up their activity.
Moonta Area School
Drones, Droids and Robots- “Classroom and Community Coding Capers”. A Science Week Open Morning will be held on Friday Morning at Moonta Area School in the R-6 primary classrooms. This will be a celebratory culmination to a thematic Science and Technology focus of digital technology, coding and robotics lessons delivered in the preceding weeks of term 3. Classes will nominate 1-2 activities or areas they would like to explore and teach in these preceding weeks.
Mount Gambier High School
Science Day – Mount Gambier High School will host a Science Day, where year 7 students from at least one of our feeder schools are invited to attends and participate in STEM activities.
Naracoorte Primary School
Whole school STEM CHALLENGE
Northern Adelaide Senior College
“Making @ NASC”. Throughout Science Week, lunchtime activities will be conducted each day in the Hub (NASC) and the NASSSA Community Learning Centre to showcase the Technology in STEM and introduce a Maker culture to the students and the College. Activities will largely focus on engaging a wide range of students across NASC, NASSSA Community Learning Centre, and parents and children associated with the NASC crèche, in collaborative exploration of robotics, through LEGO kits and Raspberry pis.
Our Lady of Hope School
13 classes in the school from R-7, will be allotted a time during Science Week, to come to the Science Room with their parent helpers to make a motorized colouring Robot.
Pennington School R-7
The school will experience an incursion on Friday, the 19th of August. The program is called “The Mobile Science Spectacular – What science is and why we need it?”, and run by Mobile Science Education, South Australia.
Each class teacher will lead a Science/Technology activity with a group of students based on a class rotation system.
Port Lincoln High School
Drone Challenge – students will design and build an unmanned craft and develop a detection and tracking system (e.g that could remotely identify faulty power cables and insulators in SA Power Networks power distribution network).
Seaton Park Primary
Science at home: Parents will be invited to come into a session with their child’s class and participate in experiments that you can do at home. Students will take home show bags with a booklet of experiments that they can do at home with their parents as well as some of the material needed to complete experiment.
Seaview High School
Automation Hackathon. Students will be invited to participate in an Arduino Hackathon to design, construct and program an automated device during three lunchtimes of National Science Week.
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School
STEM LEGO. Access to the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 core set and software will give students their first taste of the ways in which all elements of their learning can be combined.
St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School
1) Science Sculpture Exhibition. Each class from Reception – Year 7 will design and create (prior to Science Week) a science sculpture made from recyclable materials. A representative from NRM Education will present certificates for participation, a prize to the winning class and trees/seedlings (for our vegetable garden and around our school boundary) at a whole school Assembly on the Friday of Science Week.
2) Science week lunch at the Canteen.
3) Science Experiment Videos. Students in Year 6/7 will work in pairs to research and film a one-minute video of a science experiment of their choosing.
St James School
Cross-aged Science Day where older students work with younger students in a rotation of Science based activities throughout the day. One of the activities will be based around ‘Drones, Droids and Robotics’ to link with this year’s theme and connect to M/P and U/P outcomes of Technology in the Australian Curriculum.
St Joseph’s School
Robotics Collaborative Day – an event in which younger students (R-4) will work together with the Yr 5-7 Robotic Club to design dance sequences with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 blocks.
St Martins Lutheran College
Remote Controlled Robots – Design and Code. Year 5 and 6 students will design, code and sequencing to construct a robot made from Lego.
Swallowcliffe Schools P-7
Swallowcliffe Science Fair: students will participate in a range of fun, hands-on investigations. The older students will be involved with running and assisting younger ones through their activities in the morning.
Unity College, Murray Bridge
Unity College Science Expo. A Science Expo evening will be held to showcase and celebrate science work the students have completed throughout lesson time. The students will be given the opportunity to investigate a science topic of their choice. They will choose a research question and then design and carry out their own experiment to investigate the question. They will present their findings at the Science Expo evening.
Whyalla Town Primary School
The whole school will have a science day. Each of the thirteen classes will participate in activities centred on the science week theme throughout the day.
Wilmington Primary School
LAB on WHEELS Interactive Hands-on Science Workshops
Yorketown Area School
Farming Robotically. Students will hold STEM farmer competitions to simulate the use of GPS self-steer technology that is currently been integrated into the local agricultural industry . These STEM farmers (Year 5/6 and 9/10 Science and Technology students) will build three ‘follow the line’ robots (with sensors) that can track around models of paddocks in the schools central quadrangle area.
Applications for 2017 school grants open in early 2017.
Keep an eye on the ASTA school grants page for more information.