Biggest Science Experiment kicks off with Halls Gap Primary School Ants Project
The Biggest Science Experiment has begun! One of our first experiments to get off the ground is the Halls Gap Primary School’s Ant Project.
Ant expert and The Biggest Science Experiment Co-ordinator, Denis Crawford helped the students set up a captive Sugar Ant (Camponotus consobrinus) nest and taught the class how to look after the ant colony.
The children were delighted to watch, learn and ask questions about these scavenger ants and learn about what they are, what they eat and how they survive.
The ant nest will live at the school for the next 2 months while the children run their experiments where they will ask questions related to the ants that can be answered over the course of their stay by collecting information, observing and recording results.
This week the class will develop a list of questions with the experiments commencing next week.
“This is a really exciting project for the children to be working on and learn about how science is all around us.” says Mrs Grambau, Grade 5/6 teacher, Halls Gap Primary School.
“It’s an opportunity to get the children thinking about science, and how its related to the world around us, using the ant nest as an example of science being everywhere including nature.” Mrs Henderson, P/1/2 teacher, Halls Gap Primary School.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what questions the classes come up with and the how the ant project develops over the next 2 months.” Mrs Trimble, Principal, Halls Gap Primary School.
The Halls Gap Primary School will present their Ant Project findings at The Biggest Science Experiment Expo on May 4th & 5th.