Among many educational initiatives supported by Australian Skeptics is the annual Science Drama Awards.
Audience members at 2015’s Finals evening commented:
“The Science Drama Awards are a wonderful night and great credit must go to all participants. For me, the standout was the Nanneella Primary School. They had such infectious enthusiasm and their costumes were absolutely spectacular.”
“It was a great night with some outstanding ideas by both primary and secondary schools. It was fascinating and rewarding to see students display their grasp of various scientific ideas and present them in an entertaining way. Hopefully, some will continue to help spread science in interesting ways that help capture the public’s interest.”
Lyndall Greens Primary School in Dandenong, an outer suburb of Melbourne, and the aforementioned Nanneella Estate Primary School, (a two-classroom rural school in the State’s North) are typical of school communities who both contribute to and benefit from annual involvement in the SDA.
The following review has been provided by Ms Judith Sise, a teacher at Lyndall Greens Primary School.
Students love Science Drama. They cite the friendship and fun of working with other students. This was the number one reason for doing Science Drama. Other reasons given by the students were learning more about science, choosing their own science focus and gaining so much confidence from the activity. The students also liked the idea that they made the props and costumes as part of the fun.
I love Science Drama for many of the same reasons. The activity offers a chance to further develop their science knowledge and communicate this through an entertaining way. I like the way Science Drama engages students who are not necessary ‘into’ science. Many of the students who have participated and re-participated in Science Drama are mostly girls who love dance, art and ‘friends’. I also have found that girls who did Science Drama always went on to become school leaders.
I am also amazed at the persistence of the teams who over the year have entered Science Drama. The groups write, choreograph and design and make all the props and costumes. They practise three to four times a week in their lunch sessions.
The past group felt after not making the Finals in 2014 that they would go to the 2014 Finals and review the dramas that were chosen and find out what they needed to do in 2015 to get to the Finals. And they decided that singing and dancing and interaction with the audience was necessary so in 2015 the students made sure that they included these in their drama. They did not win in 2015 but made the Finals and again they have reviewed what the winner did better than them and their analysis is that lots of science is needed in next year’s entry!
One week after the Finals in 2015, I was informed that there were now 15 students ready to start 2016 Science Drama! I don’t think I could ask more from the students. I firmly believe that the activity is a student activity with teacher support.
This year, all five finalist school received prizes in cash and kind from a range of generous sponsors. The Archimedes Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Primary School and The Aristotle Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Secondary School were won by Clifton Hill PS and Lilydale HS respectively
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