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Antarctica

The Level 2 Environmental Sustainability class & 10AE called Antarctica earlier this term, as they are learning about Climate Change. Dr Rosa Hughes-Currie, a new Science & Physics teacher at Springs, has been onboard the Joides Resolution in the Ross Sea as a Science Educator. The Expedition she has been on has been investigating how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has evolved with climatic and oceanic change over the past 20 million years. The Ross Sea is an ideal location for this study because it is highly sensitive to changes in ocean heat flux and sea level. Their work will lead to a better understanding of Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to warmer climates.

We loved looking around the ship & talking to the scientists on board about what they are doing. We are looking forward to Rosa starting at Springs next week, and can’t wait to hear how the rest of the expedition went.

Extra curricular opportunities in Science

We have a number of opportunities available for students who want more Science in their lives. These opportunities are posted in the Daily Notices on the school website.

ICAS Science

What: An independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually.

Who: Years 9 – 13
When: Closing Date: End of Term 1 (13th April)
Sitting Date: Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Contact: Kathryn Jenkin, jenkink@wsc.school.nz

EPro8

What: Are you in how stuff works, solving problems and making things? Then you should be interested in the EPro8 engineering challenge.
Who: Year 9 and 10 students
When: Closing Date: End of Term 1 (13th April)
Sitting Date: Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Contact: Logan O’Callahan in D4 or Science workroom, email o’callahanl@wsc.school.nz

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