International Year of Light – Science Competition!

This year is 100 years since Einstein’s theory of general relativity and 1000 years since Ibn Al-Haytham used experimentation to make significant breakthroughs in our understanding of vision, light and optics – well before the rest of the world was using the scientific method!

To celebrate these milestones WCCS is running a science competition open to all students to highlight the importance of light. Students may enter this competition by submitting a poster or a short video to the science staffroom that explains or demonstrates any aspect of the importance of light.

Entries should be submitted by the 1st of August. Each entry should be clearly labelled with the student’s name and grade, a bibliography should also be included (on the back of the poster, or as a separate document accompanying the video).

The science staff will select finalist entries that have an engaging presentation and provide thorough and accurate information. These entries will be displayed in the school over terms 3 and 4 and students will receive certificates of merit and a record of their achievement in the yearly reports.

A panel of staff will select a winning entry for each age category (primary, junior high school and senior high school) and these students will receive a Tritium vial (which is a glowing vial powered by safe radioactive hydrogen, it requires no charging by light or electricity and should shine for over 10 years) as a unique prize that combines many aspects of the science of light!

Tritium vials ©MerkavaGlowrings on Etsy

 

For the full information brochure click here

Philosophy Program Update

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The Philosophy Program started running in Term 2 and students have already delved into a number of philosophical issues.

Over the past 6 weeks, selected students from Years 8-11 have met once a fortnight to discuss and examine different aspects of Philosophy. So far students had learnt about:

  • The nature of Philosophy
  • What is logic?
  • The questions philosophers ask: ontological (study of what there is in the world), epistemological (study of knowledge and belief) and axiological (value judgments)
  • The parts of a philosophical argument (premises and conclusions)
  • Thought experiments (imagined situations used to investigate the nature of things)

One of the benefits of the Philosophy Program is that students are given the opportunity to consider what they believe, why they believe it and challenge the ideas of others in a positive environment whilst developing a love of wisdom.

Below are some videos containing different ‘thought experiments’ that were discussed in Week 5 by the students in the program.