Each year Coordinators select 25 Junior LabRats (Grades 5 and 6) and 25 Senior LabRats (Years 7 and 8) to participate in 10 months of activities, meetings with researchers, project work, competitions and enthusiastic scientific discussion.
We meet every second Saturday of the month from March until December inclusive.
- Juniors meet from 9:30am - 11:00am
- Seniors meet from 11:30am - 1:00pm
Each week we hear from a top researcher in their field. The scientist mentor talks to the LabRats about their research, their interest in science and a group discussion ensues.
- Check out the Science Mentors page for a summary of our past science mentors and their topics as well as a sneak peek at upcoming speakers!
We begin the year with science inquiry skills and put these to the test with various activities and experiments. Then we really stretch our thinking with a longer term group project and in-depth individual projects. Some of these projects are entered into competitions and come back bearing prizes!
LabRats keep a science journal throughout the year. Past journals have included:
- Three interesting things they found out from the Science Mentor's talk
- Questions they want to investigate
- Records of any experiments they have performed, scientific observations
- Interesting events in science news (which LabRats share at the next meeting in a round-table discussion)
- Invention ideas and scientific musings
- Diagrams and scientific images
This practice encourages note-taking skills, consolidation of learning and in the case of the discussions, benefits social skills. Keeping on topic takes practice when everyone is so excited about their own science news!
Excellent science journals get signed by special guests such as Sir David Attenborough, get submitted to science fairs or win awesome LabRats Coordinator's Prizes!
Why not get started on your journal now? We would love to see it in your application to join LabRats!