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Trinity News : July 2008
TRINITY GRAMMAR STUDENTS IMPRESS THE TOP INNOVATION ENGINEERS On Thursday 5 of June, a group of boys involved in the F1 Design Challenge were invited to attend the Warren Centre Innovation Lecture at the Power House Museum. The boys involved were Angus Griffith (Yo) , Nathan Dimarcos (Du), Ryan Giles (St) , Jay Falletta (Ke) and Josef Heinrich (Yo). After the lecture the boys set up examples of their F1 cars and team Folio to show the Engineers and field questions on their involvement in the F1 Design Challenge. Considering the Engineers attending this lecture were the top Engineers from the top companies in Australia the boys were not overawed, responding articulately to questions that were asked about their designs and the process they went through to present their F1 Design Challenge cars. Everyone seemed very impressed by the students, they were a great advertisement for the quality students we have at Trinity Grammar School. Michael Leadbeatter | Head of Department, Technology and Design Department, MIC Design Challenge above left: Jonathan Yong (7WH) makes friends with a stick insect above right: Sam Li (7Yo) and Danial Syed (7Yo) work through the forensic clues to identify the criminal. bottom left: Fidel Toomey (7Ta) tries his hand at picking up a ball, robot style. bottom right: James Mason (7Ho), Thomas Hart (7Mu) and Alec Council (7Ke) practise casting a line. SCIENCE CLUB + YEAR 7 SCIENCE EXTENSION: SCIENCE IN THE SUBURBS EXCURSION On 27th of May a group of eager year 7s from the Science Club and Extension Class set out for “Science in the Suburbs”, held at the Newington Armory at Homebush. The first activity was to use forensic science to sort through the clues such as DNA, fingerprints and oil stains left at the scene of a burglary to find the culprit. After this we saw a magnet levitate above a superconductor in “freezing floating physics” and learnt how the Navy prevented their munitions site from exploding – quite a challenge at a time when lanterns were used for light. At the expo, most students talked to “real life” scientists from universities, government departments and companies about their work, whilst Jonathan Yong (7WH) preferred to make acquaintance with a friendly stick insect! The boys finished their day learning about robots and how to cast a fishing line and identify their catch. David Dixon | Janette Hudson | Helen Belgum OUR VERY OWN STRADIVARIUS! There is much that surprises one in the talents that our Trinity staff members may show. Not the least of these was the occasion when our Mr Ronald Thomas, Master of Chamber Music, appeared in the Common Room holding a violin. Given his function in the School, this in itself was scarcely surprising. The surprise lay, however, in the fact that he had manufactured the instrument himself, the word being used it its strictest sense in its derivation from the Latin manus (hand) and facio (I make). Ron Ogier above right: The violin. bottom right: Mr Ron Thomas shows the violin to Adrian Jauk, Mrs Maureen Pride and Dr Allan Pride. 20 TRINITY NEWS