Sandringham College is one of the few schools able to provide the full range of VCE Science studies.
The Science program at Sandringham College caters for all students who are interested in studying Physical, Biological, Behavioural (including Psychology) and Health Sciences or Mathematics at tertiary level. Students can also choose science-based VET in the VCE programs – Certificate III in Laboratory Skills – (General, Environment Management or Food streams), Certificate II in Horticulture, Certificate II in Equine Industry and Certificate I in Engineering.
Year 8 & 9 students are involved in lego robotics. Click here for our latest results at the Metropolitan Robotics Soccer Championships.
Currently Year 10 students can choose up to three science electives: Marine Science, Medical Science and Chemics (Physics and Chemistry). Each year as part of the Chemics course students enter The Victorian Model Solar Car Challenge. A competition which provides excellent hands-on problem solving with an engineering slant. In 2015 Sandringham College won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, plus we won an award for best poster! Follow the link to read about Wilko, one of our beloved science teachers who made the news in June 2016.
If Year 10 students choose not to take a VET subject in Year 10 they are encouraged to take part in the Wednesday afternoon science program, teaching science to grade 3 students at local primary schools . This year one of the activities is building three different kinds of rockets to enhance the grade 3 students’ studies on Space.
Students with other career goals are able to satisfy specific tertiary entrance requirements by completing a Science program, while many students take one or two Science studies in order to balance their programs. Our courses feature scope for fieldwork and include links with local industry. The Science faculty strives to foster excellence in both Science and Mathematics, and graduates of the program have consistently obtained excellent VCE results, with a high proportion gaining tertiary entrance into a mix of courses ranging from the traditional to the new technologies.
Science students have been sponsored by Rotary to attend National Summer Schools in Adelaide or Canberra. Selected students participate in the CSIRO Student Research Scheme which involves conducting scientific research under the supervision of practising scientists. Interested students are given opportunities to gain work experience in relevant areas, and participation in Science expeditions and competitions is encouraged.
Students are able to participate in bushland management and native plant propagation under the guidance of Bayside City Council Environmental Officers and a School Work Horticulture Program in Turf Management at local golf courses and Retail and Landscaping with local nurseries is also offered.
Biology students attend workshops at the CSIRO in Genetic Engineering, while lectures are presented by scientists involved in research into immunology.
Special encouragement is given to girls to select and excel in Science studies, while all students are made aware of career pathways in Science through a program of guest speakers and careers counselling.
The importance of the Science Program to Sandringham College is reflected in the quality of its facilities. The modern well-equipped laboratories provide comfortably for both theory and practical work and faculty members receive the support of a qualified laboratory technician. All science laboratories are provided with access to the Internet. A separate Science computer laboratory is available for both individual student and class use.
External facilities include a greenhouse, potting shed, plant room and outdoor planting area for Agriculture and Horticulture, and Environmental Science. To view 2016 Ag & Hort gallery pics follow this link.
Whilst it is not compulsory to complete Units 1 and 2 before attempting Units 3 and 4 in any of the sciences, students who do not may find themselves disadvantaged in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.