The Science Department at The Armidale School uses this site as a way of keeping the TAS community aware of what is happening in our faculty.

For topics of interest, click on a category to the right of this.  Most weeks there is something significant happening and we will try to give details as soon as we find out about them.

(The above photograph of the Gibraltar Range Waratah, Telopea aspera above was taken in the Gibraltar Range National Park, near Glen Innes.  T. aspera is very similar to T. speciosissima which is the floral emblem of N.S.W. and a certain rugby club.  It has only recently been given the status of a separate species.)

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A new telescope!

Mrs Carmel Raue has kindly donated to us a large (12 inch) reflector telescope which we christened on Tuesday night, 28 October by looking at a crescent Moon.  Some small adjustments need o be made and some practice had so we can look at other objects in the sky.

Honeywell Engineering Summer School

Tom Mailler has been accepted by Rotary to participate in the Honeywell Engineering Summer School that was promoted here earlier this year.  Only 100 students are selected to attend this event each year and the majority of the students who participate indicate that they intend to study engineering at tertiary level.  Australia produces about 6000 engineering graduates annually, which is about half Australia’s workforce needs.  Those who gain engineering qualification are guaranteed of a rewarding and well paid career.

National Youth Science Forum

Science Olympiads 2014

Australian Science Olympiad Competition
Entries for the Australian Science Olympiads close 16 July 2014.   Felix Gifford, Ali Ahsan and Tom Mailler have entered in either Physics or Chemistry or both.  They will sit a difficult test on 6 August for Chemistry and 13 August for Physics.  If successful, they will be invited to attend a two-week intensive residential program that gives high performing students the opportunity to study with others passionate about science.  The very best of these represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads in Hanoi, Vietnam (Chemistry) or Astana, Kazakhstan (Physics).

The Science Experience

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is 3 or 4 days of science activities for students of Years 9 and 10 at an Australian university.  These experiences are highly recommended for any student with an interest in science.  The date of the events varies for different universities. The University of New England dates are 13-15 January 2015; for the University of New South Wales it’s 1-3 October 2014.

There is more information at http://www.scienceexperience.com.au/ or by seeing Mr Derrin who has brochures (and other freebies if you’re quick).

Honeywell Engineering Summer School

Applications to attend the Honeywell Engineering Summer School are now open.  Year 11 students are eligible to attend.  They can be made through a local Rotary Club and District or direct through Engineers Australia, Sydney Division.

If you are thinking about engineering as a career, you should think seriously about attending. Participants will learn about the role of professional engineers in society and different disciplines within engineering including:

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mining Engineering; Mechatronic Engineering.

More information and an application form is available from Mr Derrin and https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/hess2014.pdf

Science and Engineering Challenge

Today we (32 boys from all 3 Year 10 science classes) participated in the Highlands Challenge round of the University of Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge at the University of New England.  At the end of the day (almost) we were second to O’Connor Catholic College.   Then the final round is the testing of the bridges and because our effort was better, we won the day!  Congratulation to all the boys.  Thanks to the universities and especially to Peter Lye, David Stellar, Rotary and to all the helpers and supervisors of the event.   Win or lose, we always have a great day and we’re looking forward to the state finals in Newcastle in August.