VIDEO: Orange High’s cool science: what do 3,000 airborne ping pong balls look like?

ICE BREAKER: Orange High School year 8 student Quinn Routh, science teacher Aaron Routh, year 10 student Fergus O’Shea and science teacher Kate Hodgman use dry ice to freeze a rose at the school’s annual science show.IF you thought science class at school was boring, you could not be further from the truth.
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From explosions of ping pong balls out of 44-gallon drums to robotics, laser light shows and engineering challenges, Orange High School’s science faculty pulled out all the stops this week to help engage and inspire students with the amazing world of science to celebrate National Science Week.

On Tuesday, year 7 students participated in the Orange Science Challenge and Robotics Rumble(OSCARR), which involved a series of competitive activities including robotics and problem solving.

Yesterday the school’s annual science show had year 7 to 10 students and students from Orange primary schools gasping at the demonstration of a range of different science experiments.

It is the second year the school has celebrated National Science Week, a celebration science teacher Sarah Townsendsaid was vital to the future of the field in Australia.

“I guess science is very important because it helps explain the world around us,” she said.

“We’re constantly needing people coming through to participate in scientific research. We need good scientists to ensure the future of science in Australia.”

VIDEO: Slow motion footage of 3,000 airborne ping pong balls, courtesy of Orange High School:

Science teacher Kate Hodgmansaid despite the commonly-held view enrolments in Higher School Certificatescience classes were on the decline across NSW, Orange High students were bucking the trend, with numbers of students enrolled in science growing each year.

She said by engaging students with the exciting possibilities of the field and nurturing their curiosity they were more inclined to find the subject interesting.

“I think it’s because we have enthusiastic teachers. [The students] see value in it, in studying science, and we’ve got some very talented year 10 students coming through,” Ms Hodgman said.

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