Science Days 2018

Collaborative experience and interdisciplinary research in nature

In the end of May the students of 7a travelled to Inzing for a field trip in nature. They spent two days and two nights near a local nature reserve, sleeping in tents and cooking on campfire. The scientific tasks that were carried out during that time were meant to be interdisciplinary and ranged from biology to physics and astronomy.

Students observed, studied and characterized various plants and wildlife. Samples were collected in Petri dishes and further analysed with the help of a microscope.  Via combinations of various lenses, students built a makeshift telescope and discovered the underlying optical principles of binoculars.

Finally, two nights of clear sky allowed for optimal observation conditions for astronomy. Using a 7,5 cm reflector and a 5cm refractor students were able to observe the moon and its craters, Jupiter and its moons, the phases of Venus as well as Saturn which rose late at night. The International Space Station (ISS) could also be seen on its swift passage across the night sky.

One of the highlights of the whole science trip certainly was the observation of a large beaver which was successfully recorded on video.

In the weeks after the field trip, students worked on the presentation of their collected data in form of scientific posters focusing on the individual research branches.

Klaus Reitberger, Peter Holzknecht – Science Teachers