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Grade Eleven Students Participate in NSTF Science Week.

 

Sunday 1st March 2009 saw the inauguration of the NSTF Science Week during the launch of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation at St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta.

Thirty scientific projects from ten church, independent and state secondary schools were on display in the NSTF School Contest for Young Scientists” section. The project titles were various, ranging from experiments with quicksand to studies on the Red Palm Weevil

San Anton School participated for the first time this year, with a group of ten Grade Eleven students. Each participating team was asked to prepare a written project and a working model or static display on a chosen scientific topic. The San Anton teams decided to go one step further and prepare cross-curricular projects – one team combined physics and history to build a working scaled down model of the trebuchet (a medieval siege engine), while the other team combined biology and chemistry in their project about gel electrophoresis.

The two teams worked simultaneously, supervised by the teachers in charge Mr. Marvic Tonna – History Teacher and Mr. Titian Schembri – Head of the Science Department, assisted by the school property manager, Mr. Joe Attard.

The students worked side by side in designing, cutting, and constructing their models, learning about the use of power tools in the process.

Throughout the week, the students displayed their models to visitors and other participating students, grabbing the opportunity to demonstrate their scientific knowledge at all times.

Several dignitaries also visited, including the Minister for Education. Culture, Youth and Sport Hon. Dolores Christina, the Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Hon Dr. George Pullicino, and the Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi.

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