Somerset Times

Science on the GO!




Somerset Times Edition

Week 8,
Term Three, 2016

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On Tuesday 16 August, 12 students (three teams of four) from Year 6 travelled to the Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus to defend the Griffith University's Science on the GO! Science Trivia Challenge Title - Primary School Division for the third consecutive year.

Our curious minds felt little pressure as we knew that the afternoon installed for us was going to be fun!

Griffith Univeristy Trivia Challenge Winners

Upon arrival, we were not disappointed. There was a row of experiments lined up for us to interact with; ranging from Newton's Cradle to a Meccano Personal Robot! We played with the experiments for a while, intrigued by the science behind them. Then, the announcer signalled the start of the Challenge and we took our seats.

Somerset's three teams - What's the Answer?, Meitnerium and The Elementals - battled it out competing against other schools in six rounds of eight questions. Each round had a different theme, challenging us from the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The Elementals (Anna Georgeson, Kate Jordan, Hugh Munro and Ruben Yam) lead the competition from round one. In between rounds there was entertainment with the opportunity to compete for some great prizes. During the final rounds the excitement and pressure was building. Could The Elementals keep Somerset's reigning champion title? After two hours of fun, it was all over.

The judges turned on the projector displaying the scores. "With 37 points," called out the announcer, "The winner is...The Elementals!" We were ecstatic! Winning a Science Trivia Challenge hosted by Griffith University isn't something you do everyday. To be a part of the team to bring the Winners Plaque home to Somerset for the third year in a row is simply awesome!

I would like to congratulate the other Somerset teams: Meitnerium (Lauren Chan, Giorgi Cornford, Claudia Fann and Callum McClure) and What's the Answer? (Justin Hammett, Charlie Liu, Peter Osborne and Joe Wright-Smith) for their efforts in placing 4th and equal 5th, respectively. Thank you to Mrs Grocott and Mrs Wylie for giving us this great opportunity to represent Somerset.

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