An all-girl team of budding scientists from Happy Valley State School were victorious at the recent Wonder of Science State Conference after being awarded State Champions in their year level.
113 students represented 24 schools from across Queensland to showcase a group presentation about a topic they researched.
The Happy Valley team choose the science of light, reflection and refraction.
The students said they learned many new things at the workshops and the whole experience was great.
“We were all very excited to have won and we’re hoping to participate again next year.”
Head of Curriculum at Happy Valley State School, Mrs Kath Donnelly said the team did an outstanding job.
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“The girls were confident and well-spoken and the school, especially their classroom teacher, Miss Jaylene Hibbs, was exceptionally proud of their achievements,” Mrs Donnelly said.
“We are very grateful to Zonta, The University of Queensland and the school P and C for assisting the girls with fund raising to allow them to attend the event.”
“The Wonder of Science program has been a fantastic way for our students to be passionate about scientific inquiry and learn from working scientists,” she said.
Principal Miss Elissa Cramb said the Wonder of Science program adds to the STEM club and Maths agenda at the school.
“I’m proud of the achievements of our students,” Miss Cramb said.
“It aims to immerse students in inquiry-based learning where they are challenged to work on real-world problems in groups.”
The five Happy Valley State School students weren’t the only representatives from Mount Isa, St Joseph’s Catholic School – Cloncurry and Spinifex State High School also presented their STEM tasks.