Park Ridge Students Win $400 at School Science Comp

Park Ridge High Students Win $400 Prize in Science Comp

Seven Year Eight students from Park Ridge State High School won $400 and the BHP Science and Engineering School Encouragement Award for their school, in a Science Teachers Association Queensland (STAQ) contest this term. 

The students: Aiden, Lachie, Scott, Hawa, Elizabeta, Lily and Hooria, entered using a science investigation conducted during a previous assessment and won $25 gift vouchers for JB Hifi each, as well as encouragement awards for their efforts. 

Year Eight STEM teachers, Rebecca Isakson and Adilah Ali, say that the investigation they used to enter the contest explored the energy efficiency of solar panels. 

“Each one of them was able to choose their own variables as to what they were investigating,” Ms Isakson said.  

“They investigated whether efficiency of solar panels is affected by the colour of light, the distance from the light source or the angle of the solar panel.” 

Ms Isakson says she’s proud of the students’ hard work, and especially for how many entered and this will inspire others in the future to give it a go.  

“We’re really proud as teachers. This was something they worked on in class but then also edited over the school holidays as well before they entered the competition.”  

“They all achieved A levels in the assessment itself so we knew they had a good quality written investigation.”

“They’ve been in our Deep Learning Program all year and they’ve shown great success in not only their academic achievement but in their development of 21st century skills.” 

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Left to Right; Aiden, Lachie, Scott, Hawa, Elizabeta, Lily and Hooria

She says it is important to the school to give the kids the best learning experience, and competing helps solidify their knowledge and be rewarded for it. 

“This was just another one of the program initiatives to give our students further immersive learning opportunities,” Ms Isakson said. 

“Immersive learning opportunities are a key element in our Deep Learning Program.” 

Park Ridge State High School’s Deep Learning Program is a cross curricular initiative that focuses on cultivating 21st century skills and developing future focus learners.