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International Science Poetry Competition:

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


   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
   And boring stuff like endangered ants
   But the excitement of Biology began to
   When Mrs Bailey started Mitosis Week

   We learned a lot over three days
   Like mitosis is broken into many a-phase
   Interphase, prophase, metaphase,
   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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Title Annotation:competition
Author:Eastwell, Peter
Publication:Teaching Science
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 22, 2007
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