Somerset College Year 1 students, Houston Hill and Lachlan Riley, donned
Somerset College Year 1 students, Houston Hill and Lachlan Riley, donned "spacesuits" to see how gravity affects astronauts.

Class chases science in a Lab on Legs



ROCKET science is not all that hard now for Year 1 students at Somerset College, Mudgeeraba, thanks to an innovative program.

In a bid to get youngsters interested and active in science, the college adopted an interactive education program run by the CSIRO called "Lab on Legs", where young students conduct their own experiments under the guidance of CSIRO scientists.

Teachers Jodie Milligan and Leah Cullen organised two sessions last week to enable their classes to understand the nature of science as part of their unit of inquiry into space.

Using simple experiments, CSIRO education officer Samatha Sonter from Brisbane demonstrated practical scientific principles so the children could get a hands-on view on topics such as rockets, the effects of gravity, spacecraft navigation, working in spacesuits, space food, space wire and making power in space.

"We do experiments to investigate space but also deal with many branches of science, such as forensics, genetics, physics and chemistry which support the curriculum," Ms Sonter said.

Response to the program by children up to Year 12, she said, was very positive and many of them wanted to try experiments they had learnt at home or join the CSIRO's science club for kids.

"It's a great program that really gets the children involved in science, showing them the role science plays in society, its benefits and uses," Ms Cullen said.



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