Chisholm's semi-retired greenhouse recently had an adornment of sunflower hybrid seedlings. Since the planting date at the end of February, e-STEAM students have tended their potted sunflowers at school, during their classes and experimented with different variables such as watering and fertilising regime, experiment with amount of light exposure, presence of water crystals, slow-release fertiliser and potting mix conditions. The University of Queensland in Gatton set the growing conditions parameters and our team of plant and soil scientists chose different variables to test and observe.
An annual challenge in celebration of Pi Day last March 13 (instead of March 14) gets a 16-Year-Old Year 12 student (Sienna Morton) beat her own record last year of 151 digits and recited Pi values to 264 places. This was followed by Kaiden Ryan, a Year 7 student who recited 61 digits and Kevaan Sandanayake, a Year 8 student who recited 39 decimal digits. Family pies from Yatala Pies awaited this year's winners. Massive thanks to our teachers and student helpers on the day, as well as the Student Support, Approaches to Learning and Fastrack opportunities for organising the event.