Skype with a Scientist

What better way to engage boys in Science than to have a scientist present over Skype!

We live in a world that is constantly changing.  Even things that we may consider immoveable, such as mountains or rock formations, are gradually changing, sometimes with processes that are visible in our lifetime.

This term the Year 4 boys are studying rocks and soil in a Science unit called ‘Beneath our Feet’. It has provided students with opportunities to explore how natural processes and human activity shape their surroundings. The boys have been investigating rocks, soil and landscapes through a series of hands-on activities.

The Year 4s were fortunate to have a ‘Skype with a Scientist’ session with Heather Handley, Associate Professor of Volcanology and Geochemistry from Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Macquarie University in NSW.

For the Year 1 cohort, it’s been all about water this term. Their learning came to life as they heard first-hand about the effects pollutants have on water and its impact on sea life. The boys were intrigued to be talking to a ‘real life Scientist’ on the STEM Centre screen and it was fantastic to watch them apply their learning through the questions they asked our Skype guest.


Laura Hall
Junior School Science Teacher