Science, Technology and Mathematics

Fort Street High School has a wide range of programs that support student learning and enhance social and personal development. They operate as part of the extended before and after school timetable and are designed to complement the curriculum by enriching the core learning experiences for students. All activities undertaken are listed on student reports.

Science, Technology and Mathematics

SCIENCE

Competitions and Challenges

Students who have a passion for Science can participate in a diverse range of scientific competitions including:

  • ICAS Science Competition (all students Years 7-10)
  • Australian Science Innovations “Australian Science Olympiads” in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics (selected interested students Years 10-11)
  • RACI National Titration Competition (selected interested students Years 10-11)
  • Young Scientist Awards (selected team and individual student research projects from Years 8-10)

In partnership with the Inner West Community of Schools, interested Year 10 students can participate in the Science Challenge where they act as mentors to students from local primary schools in conducting research projects and investigations.

During National Science Week selected Year 9 and Year 10 students will display research projects in the Fort Street Science Fair. These projects will be evaluated and judged by scientists from the community.

Olympiad

The Australian Science and Innovation Group run the Australian science Olympiad program. There are four areas of the program–Chemistry Physics, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science. Students investigate the ASI syllabus for their area of science and the syllabus is equivalent to the first year university course. Students carry out extensive study and preparation for an exam paper based on that syllabus. Students across Australia compete and the top 20 to 30 students in each subject area are invited to a summer school at either Canberra University or Melbourne University for a 2 week intensive science program.
The top 5 students are then selected to represent Australia at international competition. Fort Street High School has had several students who have represented Australia in areas such as Physics and Chemistry

Astronomy Club

The Astronomy club is open to all students from year 7 to 12 and runs in Winter evenings on the school oval. There are two 10 inch reflective telescopes that students operate to observe planets and moons in the solar system, nebula, star clusters and other astronomical objects. The astronomy club supports students who want to investigate deeper into science and develop a deeper knowledge of astronomy.

Titration Competition

The titration competition is open to students interested in Chemistry in year 10, 11 and 12. Titration is also part of the HSC course. It operates at the end of term 1 and the beginning of term 2 each year. Titration is an important aspect of analytical chemistry and the titration competition is developing student skills, and promoting further interest in science and chemistry in particular

  • Contact: Mr Brian Webb
  • Head Teacher – Science
  • Rowe Staffroom

 

TECHNOLOGY

Maker Society

The Fort Street High School Maker Society provides a Maker space and a social hub to inspire students to
start their own projects. Activities include beginner workshops for various technology platforms, show-
and-tell, weekly open maker space access, long-term team-based challenges, as well as inter-school
competition and prize entries. Some of the competitions our society currently conducts include:

  • Zero Robotics
  • RoboCup Junior
  • The F1 in SchoolsTM Technology Challenge
  • The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

Students will be required to attend weekly after school sessions as well as occasional lunch time meetings.

  • Contact: Mr Patane
  • Teacher – TAS
  • Rowe Staffroom

 

MATHEMATICS

A wide variety of co-curricular enrichment and competitions are offered by the Maths Enrichment Program. All activities are designed to motivate, stimulate and develop mathematically interested and talented students. The Mathematics Enrichment Program offers the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians and the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA)

There are three independent stages in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad, and administered by the school.

Challenge Stage

  • This consists of six problems that are completed over a three-week period from March to April.
  • The Maths Challenge costs $41.00 (excluding GST)

 

Enrichment Stage

  • This consists of four different parallel series, namely Euler Series, Gauss Series, Noether Series and Polya Series, which must be completed over a 16 week period starting in May.
  • The Maths Enrichment Costs $66.00 (excluding GST)

 

Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO)

  • A four hour examination for talented students, appropriate for those who have completed the Gauss and Noether stage, high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition and students who have acquired knowledge of Olympiad problem solving.
  • The Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad costs $17.30

 

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)

The AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes (Years 7–12).

  • Contact: Mr Brett Scovell
  • Relieving Head Teacher Mathematics
  • Cohen Staffroom