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Pre-service teachers get great practice at Science Fair

Students from Bothwell Primary School at the UTAS Science Fair

Young primary students are finding out what it's like to work as a scientist and university students are finding out what it‚€™s like to teach, at the UTAS Science Fair.

More than 500 school students and 50 of UTAS‚€™ pre-service teachers are actively involved in learning about science at the event.

The Science Fair comprises numerous stalls, each staffed by a small group of pre-service science teachers of science where short science activities are presented.

The pre-service teachers plan, prepare, practice and present a concept in science to the visiting primary students using teaching strategies, including the supervision of hands-on investigations.

This year, there are 12 different activities on offer, with topics ranging from polymer bouncing balls, identifying nutrients in foods, investigating levers, creating CO2 and more.

These pre-service teachers, who are enrolled in the Masters of Teaching Primary degree program, benefit greatly through their interactions with children of a wide range of ages and capabilities.

The UTAS Faculties of Education and Science, Engineering and Technology are hosting the free Science Fair as part of the National Science Week ‚€œCelebrating the STARs‚€ program.

The Fair has been held six times over the last seven years and has been praised by school students and by their teachers for the engagement of their students in a variety of science activities.

Image: Students from Bothwell Primary School at the UTAS Science Fair learn about the five senses.

Published on: 05 Sep 2012 11:43am