STARS Challenge 2015
Each year, students from schools in the Eastern, Southern and Inner West regions of the Catholic Education Office participate in the STARS (Science Thinking and Research Skills) Challenge. This program was designed to foster within Stage 5 students a genuine interest in Science and develop their problem solving skills. The focus of the 2015 STARS Challenge was ‘Ebola’ and was run as a problem solving challenge.
This year, six year 10 students represented Bethany College in the Eastern Region Challenge and did so with much eagerness, maturity and dedication. They participated in different activities that were run over the three day Challenge, with each of the activities earning the students points for things such as creativity and evidence of critical thinking. The activities on each of the days focused on different aspects of ‘Ebola’ including:
- Engaging in critical and creative thinking activities to undertake their own inquiry into one aspect of the disease e.g. its origin.
- Exploring issues relating to “a day in the life of a person living in Sierra Leone”.
- Exploring ethical issues relating to the world’s response to the disease.
At the conclusion of the STARS Challenge, a total count of points accumulated over the three day challenge was made, and as a result, Bethany College were awarded the Best School overall!
A big congratulations to the six students involved for their hard work and their commitment:
An extra congratulations also goes out to four of our six students who finished up on equal points and shared first place!
Well done girls!
Mrs Betty Janev
Assistant Science Coordinator and STARS Facilitator