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Governor welcomes primary school students to Science for Kids Day at ECU

Monday, 13 October 2008


The Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC will visit Edith Cowan University (ECU) Mount Lawley on Saturday, 18 October to officially open the annual Science for Kids (S-Kids) Day.

This year, S-Kids Day brings 160 primary school children and 80 parents to ECU to take part in fun, hands-on science activities to encourage enthusiasm for science.

S-Kids Day has been running at ECU since 2005, in collaboration with the Science Teachers' Association of Western Australia (STAWA), with strong support from Scitech. Activities will be led by experienced science teachers and ECU staff, with support from pre-service teachers in ECU's Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma of Education courses.

Lower primary school children will be involved in a range of activities, including one that investigates structural strength in the context of the Three Little Pigs story. Older children will experience physics in action, launching water rockets fuelled by compressed air, and will take part in a walking study of local bird life. As well as providing a fun and informative day for the school children, S-Kids Day gives ECU's pre-service teachers valuable experience working outside the traditional classroom setting.

S-Kids Coordinator and Senior Education Lecturer, Geoff Lummis says the children come away from the day with a new awareness of science at work in the world around them. "It's great to see the kids develop an enthusiasm for science that they can expand on at home with their parents, or in the classroom at school," says Geoff.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says the event is the result of strong partnerships between the University, STAWA, Scitech and ECU's partner schools. "As well as providing a fun and educational experience for our future scientists, the S-Kids event is also a great way of saying thank-you to the partner schools that host our pre-service teachers and facilitate their workplace learning" he said.

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