Orica and Rio Tinto Yarwun, teamed up to conduct interactive science based activities with Yarwun school students from prep to year 6 as part of National Science Week.
One of the popular experiments was creating a foamy fountain commonly referred to as elephant toothpaste from hydrogen peroxide, dry yeast and liquid dishwashing soap. Another was making electromagnets using simple items such as batteries and copper wire.
The students really enjoyed participating in these hands on activities and were amazed at some of the results.
Yarwun State School Principal Amanda Ryan said “Our students love these interactive sessions. Thanks to Rio Tinto and Orica we are able to provide a fun space for our students to learn and explore an interest in STEM”.
 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Queensland State schools have a STEM strategy that focuses on building teacher capability to transform STEM learning and increasing student engagement in STEM learning. With employment in STEM growing two times faster than non-STEM occupations, Queensland students need a strong foundation in STEM