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For the past term and a half, a small team of Year 9 students have been involved in The 7th BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge. BrainSTEM is an organisation that connects students with lecturers or PhD students from universities within Melbourne to explore an area of interest. Our students have travelled weekly to Swinburne University in Hawthorn to work with Dr Scott Rayburg to create a solution to a real-world problem.
Dr Rayburg is a fluvial geomorphologist and hydrologist with expertise in catchment management, environmental flows, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, GIS, remote sensing and data analysis. His research focuses on diversity and complexity in physical systems and on applying multidisciplinary approaches (including physical, biological and social aspects) to solving scientific and natural resource management problems.
The Bialik students chose to design and create a prototype of a medical app, called MIMIC (Medical Information for Mapping, Investigation and Control). Over the 10-week period, they were guided by Dr Rayburg through all of the stages of design and on Monday 19 November, they presented their app at The BrainSTEM celebration evening. This presentation, hosted by Swinburne University, was attended by those within the BrainSTEM community as well as university lecturers, parents and friends.
THE ROSENKRANZ CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT
On Sunday 18 November, our Primary and Middle school FIRST LEGO League teams converged on Swinburne University for a day of Robotic Challenges.
FLL Middle School Team:
Our FLL Middle School team, The Bialik Wolves, competed in The State Finals for the National FLL competition. During the day, the students presented their “Into Orbit” project, were interviewed by judges regarding their robot design, assessed on their core team values and competed in three different Robot Game “mission rounds” against students from other schools. The Bialik students performed well under pressure and proudly represented our school. They have already expressed enthusiasm towards their ongoing learning within robotics and excitement in joining the competition again in 2019.
Middle School FLL team are: Noah D, Dustin F, Yoav G, Nathan H, Joshua K, Yehonatan M, Aaron P, Ricky S and Iliya S.
FLL Junior (Primary School) Team:
Bialik’s Junior FIRST LEGO League team, The “Moon Specialists”, attended the Expo on Sunday at Swinburne University. Run in parallel with the State Finals for FIRST LEGO League, 11 teams from a variety of schools shared their Moon Bases, their “Show Me” posters and programmed LEGO WeDo robots. Our students mingled with students from other schools, asked them about what they had made and how they made it. At this level, inspectors, rather than judges, came and asked students questions about their Moon Bases and robots.
We look forward to continuing with the robotics team next year!
Junior FLL team are: Abigail A, Lior B, Benji B (coach – absent due to a scout camp), Ella C, Yhonatan C, Itamar G, Jack R (coach) and Olivia W.
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On Sunday 11 November, nine students from Years 6 and 8 competed in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Robotics competition held at Glendal Primary School. The theme of the competition was, “Into Orbit”.
In Term 2, the Bialik students began learning code and building robots and programmes based on last year’s competition, with a focus on building skills, knowledge and experience.
This year’s challenge was released at the start of August and from then onwards, the students met Tuesday lunchtimes and Thursdays after school to work on the various tasks. These included designing, building and programming a LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot for the purpose of carrying out various theme-related missions in a Robot Game.
Students also worked on a project, researching a problem that currently exists for astronauts and proposing a possible solution for the impacts radiation has on astronauts during space travel.
We were very proud of our students on competition day as they competed in three different Robot Game ‘mission rounds’. They collaboratively and knowledgeably shared their robot design and the complexities in building and programing it during a Robot Design Judging session. They also presented their project to a judging panel answering questions and sharing their research. The final area of judging involved a group interview based upon the teams core values and collaboration. The day was full of high energy and team work and to add to the excitement we received the award for Gracious Professionalism and finished in the top ten teams, receiving an invite to compete in the State Competition.
Kol ha’kavod to our students!
ROSENKRANZ CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT (STEM)
In Term 3, twenty-three students from Year 4 and twelve students from Years 5-9 joined our Science Enrichment Opportunity and became researchers and inventors in their quest to design and create an entry into this year’s Science Talent Search, with the theme of ‘Australian Game Changers and Change Makers’.
Our students submitted entries in the following areas: whole class research project, video games, scientific posters, inventions, videos, games and experimental research. They met regularly at school and also spent many hours at home working on their project plans and designs in preparation for judging day at the end of July.
On judging day, students were required to explain their thinking and processing to two independent judges from The Science Teachers Association of Victoria with all students receiving encouraging feedback and feeling confident about their presentations.
This was the first year Bialik entered a whole class research project and excitedly, Teacher Rob and class 4A received a Major Bursary in the Middle Primary section by making their classroom bloom.
Bialik College, as a whole, were awarded The Hugh McKnight Encouragement Award and 35 of our students received bursary prizes and certificates, recognising their outstanding achievements. These were awarded at a ceremony at La Trobe University on 29 October. Congratulations to all of the students involved in Science Talent Search 2018!
The Bialik Primary School Chess Team participated in the State Final Chess Tournament held at North Balwyn Primary School on Wednesday the 7 November. Over 24 schools and 120 students participated from Victoria, with each school fielding a team of 5 players.
The five Bialik students were Aaron P, Nevoh H, Ilay G, Shakked F and Harvey R. The team was led by Ilay G, with 4 victories and a draw from 7 rounds.
Our team competed well in an extremely competitive and skilled environment and finished in the middle of the competition. Each player on the team scored at least 2 victories and enjoyed the challenges of the day.
Thanks to the team for representing the school and making us all proud. We look forward to an exciting year of chess in 2019, with a large number of enthusiastic players in the Primary School.
The Rosenkranz Centre for Excellence and Achievement
The Bialik College Primary School Chess team performed very well at the State Semi-Final Chess Tournament held at St Bridget’s Primary School in North Balwyn. Bialik tied for second place out of 12 competing schools, with over 110 students and have qualified for the State finals on 7 November. The team was led by Aaron P and Nevoh H, who scored five victories out of seven rounds.
The competition was fierce and was decided only in the last round. The team of 10 students enjoyed the day and made the school very proud.
We look forward to their performance at the State Finals. Good luck!
The Rosenkranz Centre for Excellence and Achievement
Last week, eight students from Years 9 and 10 participated in a full day event, specifically targeted at girls, entitled, “The Power of Engineering.” The event was hosted by Swinburne University and the aim of the day was to expose female students to the world of engineering.
The Bialik students participated in a variety of interactive workshops hosted by graduates of Telstra and Engineers Without Borders. In an effort to provide the students with real life experiences, they were exposed to the different fields of work within Engineering as well as local projects. This extended to visiting the Yarra Junction Tunnel construction, in Yarraville, where they heard from women involved in the project talk about the challenges and work, as well as what it felt like to be a part of a large project that will change the way Melbourne operates.
Our students were able to ask questions of these engineers and learnt first-hand about how the engineering industry has changed, and the ongoing and growing potential for future opportunities for women in engineering.
On 13 September, fifteen students from Years 3-6 represented Bialik at the Chess Ideas Interschool Tournament. The tournament was held at Bialik College with 97 students from 8 schools participating. Our Head of Primary School, Karen Friede, opened the tournament, welcoming the participants from other schools and sharing how the skills and strategies within the game of Chess are lifelong skills and strategies which we can use in our everyday lives.
The tournament had seven rounds and everyone enjoyed the friendly and competition. Mazel tov to all participants for playing their best. The second top score for the tournament of 6 points was earned by Aaron P.
As a team, Bialik came second in the tournament, giving them access to the semi finals. The top four scorers from Bialik were Aaron P, Ilay G, Zohar G and Shakked F.
Senior Schools’ State Parliamentary Convention
On Wednesday 12 September, Year 10 students Shailee C and Max S represented Bialik at the 2018 Senior Schools’ State Parliamentary Convention with over 80 students from across Victoria in attendance. The topic of the day was, “Does the Constitutional meet the needs of modern Australia?”
The day was held at Parliament House, Melbourne, with all proceedings taking place within the Legislative Assembly and began with a welcome to country delivered by Perry Wandin from The Wurundjeri Council and a welcome to attendees delivered by Ms Maree Edwards MP Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Ms Judith Graley MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Education then introduced the topic, reminding us of the words by John Quincy Adams, 6th president of The United States, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” Following this students from selected secondary schools were invited to make opening statements and Max gave an address on behalf of Bialik.
Morgan Begg, Research Fellow from The Institute of Public Affairs and Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO from The University of Melbourne, gave keynote addresses and then students broke into mixed school discussion groups where they discussed and debated the reasons for and against making changes to the Constitution to meet the needs of modern Australia.
Following a lunch break, representatives from each discussion group reported back to the assembly, with The Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly chairing the session. Individual students then had the opportunity to share their personal views during the soap box session. The final vote showed that the majority of attendees believe that the Constitution does not meet the needs of modern Australia. The day was an interesting and provocative one as our delegates heard many different views from students from different schools, backgrounds and experiences. The event was officially closed by Mr Tim Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Education.
Year 9 Aurecon Bridge Building Challenge (STEM)
Last week Jake A, Dustin F and Josh K represented Bialik at The Aurecon Bridge Building competition hosted at Science Works. The competition required the students to construct a bridge from a kit of materials provided by the competition organisers.
During Term 2, the team of 3 researched different types of bridges, sought advice from mentors around the school and designed their bridge digitally using SketchUp Make.
When the kit arrived, the students had several weeks to build the bridge that could carry a specific weight, according to specific instructions and dimensions.
Competition day was a buzz with over 35 schools in attendance. Sitting in the round at The Science Works amphitheatre, the Bialik students met with judges from Aurecon and Vic Roads, explained their design and had their bridge tested to ‘breaking point’. There was also the opportunity for a Q and A session with experienced and new to industry engineers from Aurecon and VicRoads.
This competition developed new and deep understandings around STEM for the Bialik team members and all three are now looking forward to re-entering in 2019 with a re-versioned design.