Video transcript – Science and Technology: School Playground Investigation at Kahibah Public School

Student 1:
Welcome to Kahibah Public School.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
Hi, I'm Rose Burgin, and I'm a teacher and the Science and Technology Coordinator here at Kahibah Public School. Throughout the course of 2015, our team of teachers have been implementing and teaching the new BOSTES science and technology syllabus. In line with the new syllabus, we identified a need and a problem within our school community. It became evident that our playground soft fall had deteriorated over time, and we saw this as a wonderful learning opportunity for the students to work both scientifically and technologically.

Student 2:
I think the height of the monkey bars is too high.

Student 3:
It's a really big tree root and someone could easily very badly injure themselves.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
Throughout this project the students have been recording their ideas, predictions, and questions in a digital diary.

Student 4:
Just writing our second part of the digital diaries for our news report.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher speaking:
This quickly evolved into a more formal presentation as the students wanted to make updates of their learning in the form of a news report.

Student 5 and 6:
Hi, I'm Ava and I'm Jeb, and this is Kahibah News. Due to a series of unfortunate events, Kahibah Public School's playground has been officially made out of bounds. The students of 12B have taken this matter into their own hands. They plan on investigating the safety of the playground equipment. Let's see how their science and technology investigation unfolds.

Text on screen: [Identifying the 5 most hazardous risks]

Student 7:
Identifying our playground risks.

Student 8:
Height of monkey bars.

Student 9:
Dangerous trees and roots.

Student 10:
Thin AstroTurf and foam.

Student 9:
Split AstroTurf.

Student 10:
Hazardous materials.

Student 11:
We're putting a theme over our first news report that we did. You go into theme music and you can choose like one of these.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
With problem solving at the heart of the syllabus, we've treated assessment as a conversation rather than a number or a score on a page. Students have been assessed on their ability to make informed decisions based on evidence and reason.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
So today you have the task of researching what other type of soft fall options there are. So to find this information, you might like to search the websites of different soft fall companies to see what options are available. I want you to use your critical thinking and use your inquiry skills to choose a soft fall that you think would be most appropriate for Kahibah Public School. You then need to present an image of your soft fall in PowerPoint and explain in detail why you think it could be a good option for our school playground equipment.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
Hey, Imogen, do you want to talk us through your slideshow?

Student 12:
Yeah, I think this rubber would be really good for our school playground 'cause it's really soft.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
Ok, Jude, what've you found in your research?

Student 13:
I found this school is using sand as their soft fall for their playground equipment.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
Ok, do you think that could be a good option for our school playground equipment?

Student 13:
Yes, because when you fall on it, it's a soft impact.

Student 14:
This playground that I researched, they use wood chips as their soft fall.

Student 15:
I just found this preschool, and they're using Astro Turf for their soft fall, and I don't think that's a very good idea because that's what we've got in our playground and that's what's causing all of the injuries.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher
All of these resources are down here. Here we have some thin rubber. It's really quite soft, foamy rubber. Here we have some Styrofoam. So now it's time for us to think about how we are going to best utilise our points and how we're going to construct our design. Where do you want to be?

Classroom Student:
Yeah

Rose Burgin, Classroom:
Alright, let's do it.

Classroom Students:
That's good, that's good. But this is good as well. Yeah, it's pretty good, yeah.

Student 16:
Some of this because it can absorb all the rain and it'll protect the rest of the soft fall, and then I've got some of this for the bottom.

Rose Burgin. Classroom Teacher:
Here at Kahibah, we are aiming to create a learning culture where everyone achieves. We're trying to move away from traditional forms of education to try and create a more integrated and innovative way for student learning.

Bianca Audet, Stage 2 Assistant Principal:
STEM education is really heating up in Australia. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said how he wants STEM education to be at the forefront of Australia's future innovation. Here at Kahibah Public School, we're looking to take advantage of that.

Rose Burgin, Classroom Teacher:
Through the students' imagination and creativity, this project-based learning approach to teaching science has really allowed the kids to be authentic problem-solvers. With such a shared sense of curiosity and wonder, the level of student engagement can't be understated.

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