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On Thursday 9 June, some capable Year 8 Science students travelled to Hamilton Secondary School where they participated in a ‘Mission to Mars’ simulation as part of the Gifted and Talented Enrichment Program. Students were asked to work in teams and use problem-solving skills to successfully complete a geological survey of a Martian crater. They adopted real-life roles on the mission, such as Mission Control officers and astronauts. Students had to collect soil and rock samples, drill an ice core, conduct a thermal survey and take seismic measurements on their mission. After returning to Earth, they were then asked to analyse their samples and work in the science research laboratory. The students thoroughly enjoyed this activity and they were able to imagine the work involved in a real-life Mission to Mars. We may have some budding astronauts among us!

Mrs Kathryn Wills
Coordinator of Challenge Program (Gifted and Talented)

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