Explorology course – July school holidays

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A small snapshot of the Explorology course run through the Imaginarium in the July holidays:

The two-day Explorology course afforded participants the opportunity to delve into an array of complex themes with interactive technologies and conduct experiments in the laboratory. Participants explored the solar system with an interactive 360˚ tour using simulation software. The girls considered what they know and wondered through the extremophiles, considering what could possibly survive in the unique and harsh conditions found in space.

Dr Ellen Fortini facilitated each session, contributing her expert knowledge and stimulating each participant to explore concepts they were curious about. She challenged them to consider the ethical and biological considerations integral to conducting experiments that lead scientists to new findings. From lateral thinking to divergent thinking, tasks were followed by the opportunity to design, creatively integrating new ideas.

Mrs Kathryn Levey, Senior Petroleum Engineer from Woodside Energy, presented to participants on the exploration of resources with hands-on investigations simulating the drilling of an oil and gas reservoir demonstrating the layers of rock, sea creatures, seismic survey, extreme pressure and temperature. Participants were fascinated by Kathryn’s presentation, asking an abundance of questions they were curious about including the environmental challenges that engineers encounter.

Imala said, “My favourite part of the incursion with Mrs Levey was learning about a new job. I also really enjoyed programming the robots and thinking about how we could use them in a job like Mrs Levey’s. I can’t wait to tell my friends about the experiments I did.”

Zoe said, “I really enjoyed exploring the stars and galaxies in our solar system using the interactive programme. I also liked the investigation to find oil and the way it was presented by Mrs Levey.”

Frederique said, “I found the incursion interesting as I didn’t realise how dangerous drilling for oil was. The experiments in the lab were also a highlight. I can’t wait to do more of these in the future.”

Feedback from parents following the course highlight what the Imaginarium is all about. One parent said, “The Imaginarium captivates, challenges and stretches my daughter. It opens her mind and builds her passion for learning.” Another parent adds, “Teaching critical thinking was a standout.” Katarina’s feedback to her mother concluded, “I enjoyed being able to do great things with my mind.”