Turning recycled materials into a lifesaver

What can a button, some brickies line and an old CD turn into? It can become a medical machine and save lives. As part of the Year 7 Chemistry course, students investigated how to use these materials to produce a centrifuge that is used to separate suspensions.

A new take on an old toy called a ‘whirligig’ has been developed by Harvard University engineers to spin and separate blood in countries where malaria is found. This simple idea has the capacity to save thousands of lives in communities where there is no electricity.

Warwick’s STEAM focused Head of Science, Mr Graham Johnson said, “It’s important that our students see some of the advancements in thinking that are being made and the huge impact it can have on the world. This is the type of problem-solving that drives our STEAM thinking here at Warwick”.

Liam Lukam with a paperfuge.

Looking to the skies brings a big audience

In the last few decades, rapid progress in technology has led to a complete change of our view of the Universe. In the future, this will evolve once again as we become an inter-planetary species. Dr Brad Tucker provided some insight on these topics when he spoke to students and the community at Warwick’s stargazing evening.

Dr Tucker talked about the planets, exploring the universe, the race to Mars and the future of the Moon to over 200 people at Warwick SHS recently. This was the first of a many community events to be offered by the school on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The evening finished with a stargazing session on the oval.

Science HOLA Mr Graham Johnson said, “It was really pleasing to see the HAAS Activity Area filled with students and community members, all of whom had an interest in the universe”.

Turning science and engineering into a challenge

The Year 10 Academic Extension class recently put their STEAM skills to the test when they participated in the Science and Engineering Challenge, which was facilitated by the Rotary Club of Midland and the University of Newcastle.

Students were challenged to build bridges, catapults, model vehicles and earthquake shelters. More complex activities included the construction of a bionic hand, optical fibre communication and designing an electrical grid to supply power to a model city.

Year 10 AE teacher, Mr Damien Stirbinskis said, “The value of exercises like this are that they enable students to put their learning into real-life problems, which will prove to be beneficial when they continue their Science education in Senior School next year”.

Yours in Science,

Graham Johnson
Science (HOLA)

Kelly-Ann Sharp at the Science & Engineering Challenge.


Hidden Figures Movie Night

On the back of the success of the recent stargazing evening, Warwick SHS is proud to invite everyone to a viewing of the movie Hidden Figures and to participate in a panel discussion with astronomers, mathematicians and social scientists who will be taking questions from the audience about issues highlighted in the movie.

The event will be held in the HASS Activity Area at Warwick SHS on Saturday 29 June, so bring your rug, beanbag or chair and join us for this outstanding movie. Popcorn, drinks and sweets will be on sale.

  • Date: Saturday 29 June, 2019
  • Time: 6 – 9pm
  • Location: HASS Activity Area, Warwick Senior High School, 355 Erindale Rd, Warwick
  • Free tickets: Available here
  • Contact: graham.johnson1@education.wa.edu.au