Calling all scientists-to-be

Calling all scientists-to-be
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Science week is one of the many highly-anticipated events at DPS and this year we celebrated it in the first week of August.

It gives all aspiring scientists a chance to display their love for the subject.

Whether it's an intricate model demonstrating the laws of physics, a simple yet astounding chemical reaction with common substances such as dishwashing liquid or a neatly-designed chart that explains how the human body works, the week proved students' deep seated interest in the different branches of science.

It commenced with the Science Fair where competing teams from Classes 6 to 9 displayed their experiments and explained the underlying concepts to the judges and their schoolmates who trooped from one class to another to enjoy the demonstrations. There were a variety of projects, including the ever-popular baking soda volcano, which was present in all shapes and sizes, each providing a different explosion.

There were some exquisite models that looked like they had been made by professional artists, not just schoolchildren. For example, the famous Newton's cradle, that had been made from scratch with simple materials such as marble, thread and cardboard and accompanied by a colourful and informative chart, effortlessly explained the fairly-sophisticated concept of conservation of momentum and energy.

There were many other exciting experiments which explained simple concepts we take for granted every day, for example, friction, surface tension and elastic tension. It was impossible not to appreciate the hours of effort and dedication put into the successful creation of each project.

Every model or experiment, however simple it may be, gave the observer a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and theories, giving purpose to the creation and joy to the creator as each and every spectator who observed the model or experiment gained a fresh appreciation of the limitless beauty of science.

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