International Science Poetry Competition: www.ScienceTime.com.au.
Science is one of various ways of knowing, including the aesthetic mode of knowing. Using poetry in science education can be an aesthetic experience, stimulating students' observation, imagination, and emotion. By helping us to cater for the different aptitudes and interests of students in our classes, science poetry may, for at least some students, foster a sense of wonder, enthusiasm, and interest in science. In this way, it may contribute to our efforts in aiming to ensure that the study of school science proves to be a fulfilling experience for, ideally, all students.
Reading and/or listening to poems that have been composed by other children their own age can inspire and reassure students as to their ability to understand and write poetry, and the science poems below may be used in this way. Further poems from the International Science Poetry Competition, plus adjudicator's comments, may be found at www.ScienceEducationReview. com/poetcomp.html. This site also contains an expanded rationale for providing opportunities for students to read and write science poetry, related practical classroom techniques, and resources to support the strategy,.
The International Science Poetry Competition has three age groups: 9-11, 12-14, and 15+ years of age. Students need to submit a poem or rhyme by 31 July 2007. Rewards include certificates and trophies.
Ode to a Quokka Thou art the only setonix Thy species brachyurus But still with friends thou intermix On Rottnest with the tourists Thy body like a hopping mouse Thou short-tailed macropod Thou climbeth trees and grazeth grass Many find thee odd Wilt thou hop around the house Or play a game of soccer? Escape the fox, be safe at last My friend the quiet quokka
Elizabeth Waldron, 8 years
The McDonald College, Strathfield New South Wales
Dinosaurs There were lots and lots of dinosaurs Some big and some small If I had to pick one I like I'd say "I like them all!" Some dinosaurs were really weird Some were very scary They ate everything they came across Some were very hairy! Dinosaurs are fascinating They really make you think But you can't see them anymore Because they're all extinct!
Natalie Lowry, 10 years
The Hall State School, Rockhampton Queensland
Mitosis Week We started the year learning about plants And boring stuff like endangered ants But the excitement of Biology began to peak When Mrs Bailey started Mitosis Week We learned a lot over three days Like mitosis is broken into many a-phase Interphase, prophase, metaphase, Anaphrase Mitosis will soon be a brand new craze Mitosis is great and that's just that There's more fun here than you can poke a stick at
Will Mason, 15 years
Noosa District State High School, Cooroy, Queensland
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