Most of the interactions of people with sharks are through media and the movies and sharks are often depicted as something scary. A live chat with shark expert, Dr Leo Guilda from the Australian Marine Conservation Society changed the mindsets of our e-STEAM students to recognise the importance of these marine creatures in our ocean ecosystem. One very important message was to correct a misconception that 'Sharks are out to attack humans'. In fact, sharks do not attack; they bite.
This live 'Shark chat' was moderated by Year 8 student researcher, Ella Marshall, whose innovative entrepreneurial project is focused on designing a solution that uses permanent magnets as a shark deterrent device. Ella found out that sharks have a special sense organ called the ampullae of Lorenzini, located on their snouts and around the head and functions like a sixth sense picking up electrical fields of its prey. She hopes to use biomimicry and use strategies found in nature to solve the problem about sharks getting tangled in shark nets and other barriers.
Our next generation plant and agricultural scientists got down and busy harvesting the sunflower heads ready to be submitted to the University of Queensland School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. All parts of the sunflower head above the cotyledonary node were cut and weighed in and videoed in an uncut 45 sec max recording. Below shows some of the group's hard work coming into fruition.
For 12 straight hours on August 27 (Thursday), the following students will brainstorm, create, proofread, illustrate and book bind their own original book from start to finish. Here are this year's Fastrack writers:
I am very proud of our own community champions whose fantastic efforts will certainly make a difference to the lives of children with cancer in hospitals.
All STEM excursions for Term 3 are unfortunately, postponed until further notice. I will advise whether we are able to proceed with the event components in their traditional or revised format should changes occur at a later date.
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