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Page 3 year 9-8 sCienCe - CHemistry Kids For the past term, students have been working on Rates of Reaction and Chemical Equations. As part of this chemistry unit, students have worked to develop their own experimental design. This task encompassed looking at the Law of Conservation of Mass; that is, does the mass of the reactant equal that of the product during a chemical reaction? After developing their own hypotheses, using scientific method, students set out to prove their hypotheses to arrive at evidence-based conclusions. After much deliberation and a few more trials, students proved the theory to be supported. Mrs Girdham, Science Teacher Sam Jongue, Robert Bradshaw, Alex Lockyear and Luke Logan sCienCe and engineering CHallenge 2011 The Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition designed to provide students in years 9 and 10 across Australia with a positive experience of science and engineering. The challenge, presented by the University of Newcastle, has been in operation since 2000 and aims to challenge Year 9 and 10 students to consider a career in Science or Engineering. Eight teams comprised of students from Ms Vatskalis and Ms Lees Maths/ Science class represented Dripstone Middle School and competed against other middle and senior schools across Darwin. Each challenge had a specific theme such as Back to the Future, where students designed a propeller-driven time machine vehicle to race along a track and Heli Rescue, where teams designed and tested a model helicopter by positioning a pair of twin propellers to rescue casualties and transport them to the hospital. There were also activities that focused on issues that real scientists and engineers are faced with, such as sustainable and ecofriendly habitats in Eco-Habitech while in Electracity students designed and test a plan to provide power to as much of a citys infrastructure as possible whilst being cost effective. Students also had to construct a bridge in the activity Gold Fever that is able to withstand the transport of heavy loads from one side of the chasm to the other. Other activities such as War Machine and Mission to Mars, allowed teams to transport their imagination into the past or outer space. Not only were the students given an opportunity to take part in hands on activities, putting their imagination to the test as well as putting their thoughts into action, listening to their team members' thoughts and opinions and negotiate on what they were going to include in their final product, but it also gave them a chance to interact with other students across Darwin in a positive supportive manner. Teams were awarded points for each activity and the school with the most points at the end of the day was declared the winner. The overall winning team from the Northern Territory will represent their school as well as the Territory in a national competition against schools from other States. Though Dripstone did not win, the students had heaps of fun sharing their ideas and working together in a group to achieve goals throughout the whole day. Susan Lee, Year 9 Maths/Science Teacher Vanessa Branco, Kristine Mercader, Furdosa Aba Bor and their eco-habitech Robert Bradshaw, Alex Locklear, Sam Jongue and Kristine Lee adding some more support to their bridge in 'Gold Fever'. from tHe sCHool Counsellor Thanks to the support of DET and the Smith Family, in the beginning of Semester 2, we will see the introduction of a Girls' Group to Dripstone Middle School. Look for more information to follow on this exciting new program in upcoming newsletters. To assist with the Girls Groups, we are seeking some generous donations from the community and are to asking for your help in gathering some essential and fun items to kick the Girls' Group off. If you have, or aware of, anyone wishing to donate the following items please call Beth Mitchell (School Counsellor) on (08) 89202217 or email email@example.com. We can organise for them to be dropped off or picked up at your convenience. We are seeking: IPOD Dock radio, Wii, or Nintendo, Games eg ping pong, air hockey, pool table, sing star, kareoke, disco ball, mirror, popcorn maker, sandwich Breville, toaster, weights, flat screen TV, fridge, camera, clock, microwave, computers, bean bags, couch/ futon, pin board (notice board/photos), table, chairs, whiteboard, cutlery, plates/bowls, glasses/cups, large blank canvases, tea towels, drying rack, water jug. Thank you, in advance for your generosity.