SIX hundred students from schools across the Hastings converged on Port Macquarie on August 14 to celebrate National Science Week.
More than 100 displays allowed future scientists in years five and eight to explore the wondrous world of robots, conduct clever experiments and unlock possibility.
Students from all public primary schools in the Hastings and Camden Haven valleys including seven Port Macquarie public primary schools took part in the Hastings Science Fair.
Other public primary schools from as far afield as Harrington, Kendall, Laurieton, Comboyne and Long Flat also attended.
The Science Fair showcased the work of Hastings Secondary College’s year 8 students’ Techno Museum, based on a task from Flinders University’s Australian Science and Mathematics School, to address the question, “Is everything the same as it used to be?”
Each school displayed a selection of year 10 student research projects.
Co-ordinator Jayme Reid, science teacher at Wauchope High School, said the fair not only allowed students to experience academic success but also explore the importance of communication in scientific thought and application.
“Students from Wauchope High School, Hastings Secondary College and Camden Haven High School were very excited when they were individually invited to represent their school,” Mr Reid said.
“In fact some modest students were pleasantly surprised, not feeling that their work was good enough. Invites help students build self confidence and realise that future science study is a rewarding and challenging option.
“This event celebrates both the learned skills of students and the power of scientific enquiry on our lives. Our students are taught how to create rigorous testing of observable events but a modern scientist must be more than just a good experimenter.
“Each year teachers proudly guide students through the rigours of scientific enquiry and it is a special moment when our students get to share this with younger students.
“I love seeing the year 5 students from across our Port Macquarie-Hastings public primary schools interrogate high school students.”