~Written by E Rick, Secondary 5~
Last month, Sri KDU Secondary School had our first-ever Science Week. In conjunction with the Science Week, many activities and competitions were organised involving all students from Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 to celebrate the spirit of scientific curiosity and discovery.
The activities for the Science Week kicked off spectacularly with a special opening ceremony during the school assembly. After a short video presentation, members of the Senior Leadership Team conducted a short demonstration, where weak acid was used to pop a balloon. This demonstration managed to pique the interest and curiosity of the students, who were eager to know more about the process.
Members of the Senior Leadership Team giving a live demonstration of a Science experiment during the opening ceremony of Science Week
For the Lower Secondary classes, the students enjoyed special science lessons where they conducted experiments, solved science riddles, and answered questions about topics such as blood groups and the periodic table. Some highlights include the Marshmallow Challenge, where students had to work in a team to create the tallest free-standing structure using only spaghetti and marshmallows. Through the “Fireworks in a Jar” activity, students got to explore the science of liquid densities in a truly mesmerising way. Another activity that captivated the fascination of the students was the science experiment using red cabbage juice as a pH value indicator to determine the properties of several solutions. Each class also participated in the notice board competition to design the most informative and eye-catching board on a specific topic.
The Upper Secondary students, on the other hand, had a different set of activities. All students participated in a Science Quiz to determine the class representatives for the Paramount Championship General Knowledge competition. Two competitions were also held between classes. First of all, an Eco Jar competition, where students of each class had to prepare a small, self-sustaining, plant-based ecosystem encapsulated in a glass jar, was held, much to the delight of our students. Each class also had to list down the biotic and abiotic factors in the jar, and the winners from each level were selected based on overall design and creativity. Besides, each class was also required to submit a video presentation on one of two topics, either Influenza A for Secondary 4, or the coronavirus for Secondary 5.
The school’s Senior Leadership team inspecting the students’ Eco Jar before deciding on the winners