We give the opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning in Science at two large forums each year; the JMSS Science Exhibition Evening in May and the JMSS Science Fair in October. Both events are an amazing showcase of student investigation and research in Science.
Students from Years 10 to 12 are involved in the Fair in variety of ways.
From presenting research projects, to taking primary student on tours, welcoming distinguished guests and family members, setting up the exhibit spaces, capturing photographs or videos, running the fund-raising BBQ and entertaining us with their exquisite music.
What the Science teachers are particularly proud of is the way the students have developed their research and analytical skills throughout the year and shown initiative with how they have approached their various projects.
The projects range in topics including Engineering, Technology, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Geological Sciences. Each student has prepared an exhibit that reflects work they have carried out at JMSS, in particular, all 200 Year 10 students present their Extended Experimental Investigation – an open-ended, student-selected investigation that is the culmination of a year-long project.
The Enrichment Science are also strongly represented at the fair, including an extremely broad range of innovative, cutting edge Science Electives taught at JMSS. We are also always excited to have local primary school students presenting projects they have worked on with their JMSS mentors in the ‘Little Scientists, Big Science’ program.
Also presenting at the Fair are the students from rural Victoria, returning to JMSS after being involved at the Regional Exchange with JMSS, having had an extended stay with host families and being immersed in JMSS life earlier in the year. Students that have represented JMSS in various international fairs also present their projects at the annual JMSS Science Fair.
The International Students Science Fair (ISSF) was officially launched in 2005 to facilitate international interaction and collaboration in science education.
The ISSF brings together students, teachers and school leaders to share and develop their ideas about science in a modern world. The ISSF is the major event of its type in the world with a focus on the combined sharing and development of teaching and learning in science education. Each year’s event creates a learning hub for participants that provide a range of forums promoting the development in teaching and learning of science research and science education.
To provide students with opportunities to:
The ISSF model has evolved over the past few years to engage the university community, local government, NGOs and research institutions in a network that provides the ISSF participants with world-class venues for authentic experiences. These partnerships have a long term impact on the local host communities with the learning network providing on-going collaboration. The ISSF model is now used by former host schools to provide a yearly event for their local schools.
Each of these events brings together students and teachers from a number of countries to participate in a week long learning opportunity as well as many local and regional programs. Local schools in Japan, Australia and Manitoba are thus provided the benefits of a program that is modelled after a successful International program. As the ISSF moves forward with these partnerships, especially with the university community it is anticipated that students will be encouraged to consider both a science related career as well as graduate level studies in a wide variety of fields.