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Year 9 Design and Technology Projects Completed

Year 9 Design and Technology students have had an energetic start to the year. Students broke the ice getting to know each other, working collaboratively and learning about broad design concepts with the bridge challenge activity which was made from skewers and marshmallows. Students then moved into their first individual task of the year, designing and creating a door hanger. By keeping the design brief broad, students have been able to explore a variety of materials and techniques as well as develop a project that met their specific needs. Students have now moved onto their next challenge which is creating personal accessories out of a variety of alternative materials. 

Year 9 Industrial Technology Update

Students had a great start to their Industrial Technology course learning about all about timber. Students will spend year 9 primarily working with timber and move into year 10 to learn about metal as a way to explore different materials within the subject. The introductory project in year 9 was to design and construct a laminated chopping board. Students have spent the past few weeks learning how to use hand tools as well as power tools to create their individual projects. Students achieved a high level of success and are now working on their major project for the year which is their model toy truck. 

 

STEM Academy Workshop Inspires Staff

The University of Sydney hosted an intensive three-day workshop in Newcastle recently, for members of it’s STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy program.  Macquarie College delegates Mrs Michelle Cottier (Head of Mathematics),  Mrs Deb McCord (Head of Science) and teacher Mrs Stephanie Chaumont participated in the highly interactive program. 

Participants were tasked with the STEM project of making our own solar cookers. After splitting the group into Math teachers and Science Teachers, the Math teachers were given a formula to follow were the Science staff were given a task to cook a piece of frozen pizza using a pizza box and other materials. Using our understanding of reflection and absorption we were able to successfully cook our pizza, crispy bottom and all.

The math teachers worked with an equation to create a parabolic mirror, that had a focus point for the sun’s rays to concentrate on. The math teachers were able to cook a bunch of different things.  Mrs Cottier chose to heat a pencil, which she successfully heated to the point of generating smoke.

The STEM Academy is a 12 month program for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, to help advance the level of STEM learning opportunities throughout Macquarie College.  Watch this space for some more news in coming weeks about STEM developments and student projects.

Macquarie College presents Melinda Tankard Reist

Macquarie College is pleased to present Mrs Melinda Tankard Reist as the next keynote speaker in our eSmart Program series.  Melinda will speak at a special parent and community event on Wednesday 13th March.  Melinda’s presentation entitled “Navigating a sexed-up world: the sexualisation of children and what we can do about it” is a must see event for parents of all children.

Drawing from current global literature on the subject, as well as the experiences of young people themselves, Melinda will explore with us how the proliferation of sexualised images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality in young people, hampering their healthy physical emotional and social development. 

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.

Registrations to attend this free community event are now open online

Click Here to hear more about Melinda’s impacts on school children of all ages, right across Australia.

Endorsements

“I hesitantly went to Melinda’s talk about children being sexualised in the media thinking it was going to be a sensationalist attempt to make me feel bad as a parent. During her introduction I realised it was the best 50 steps I took from the car to the auditorium and 90 minutes later, I had quantifiable evidence and authentic strategies to help educate my children against the normalisation of women and girls as sexual objects in the media” –  Heather Douglas, parent, S.A.

“Melinda Tankard Reist has a simple message which is powerfully delivered. With her prodigious intellect, sand blasted sense of humour and immaculate research she puts a much needed spot light on the erosion of childhood, the pornification of our environment and the commodification of young people” – Adolescent psychologist, Dr Michael Carr Gregg.

“Melinda is probably the world’s best presenter on the damage advertisers and pornography do to our children and teens – often when we don’t even know. Her highly visual presentations will knock your socks off. You will be left angry in the very best way and be so much better equipped to talk to, and protect, your kids.” – Steve Biddulph AM, Author Raising Girls and Raising Boys.

 

 

Year 12 Chemistry Students Explore Chemical Production at Orica

During Term 3, Year 12 Chemistry students visited the Orica Plant at Kooragang Island, which houses an ammonia plant, three nitric acid plants and two ammonium nitrate plants. After learning about the processes involved in the production of ammonia and ammonium nitrates in class, it was a great opportunity to see the processes in action on an industrial scale.

 

Students donned safety gear and took a tour of the plants, although the machinery was so noisy you could barely hear the person next to you. We also visited the on-site laboratory used for environmental testing, and learnt about the distribution of various products to the mining, infrastructure, soft drink, agriculture and medical industries.

 

Overall, it was a great day that will hopefully help with any questions relating to ammonia production that may arise during the HSC.

 

Emma W (12C)