Science is offered as a specialist subject at Jingili Primary School. Students from transition to year 6 learn about science for an hour each week. We strongly believe that no matter where you end up in life … science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will play a significant role in what you do. That is why it is a point of paramount significance that our kids develop an interest and a passion for STEM/STEAM while at school.

​At Jingili Primary School we aim to:​

  • To increase the awareness and understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in everyday life and our future as it responds to societal needs and global challenges in the quest to improve quality of life.
  • Build a solid knowledge foundation of the Biological, Chemical, Physical, Earth and space sciences and to use that scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop an interest in Science by expanding their curiosity, imagination and willingness to explore the endless possibilities, ask questions and speculate about the world in which they live.
  • Understand the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods with students.
  • Develop students’ abilities to communicate scientific understandings and findings to a range of audiences, justifying their ideas and participating in scientific arguments and claims.

Each year we hold our Science Expo and Science Fair. Term 3 is certainly our Science Extravaganza.  It is a focused time for our students to learn and participate in a range of different science experiences and experiments.

The Science Expo and Science Fair Extravaganza has intrigued fellow science teachers from other schools and science departments, such as Inspired NT, who awarded us with the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Northern Territory Science Week Awards 2022. This significant acknowledgement coincided with Jingili’s Science Expo 10th Anniversary, 2022.

For the past 10 years, Jingili Primary School has hosted its annual Science Expo where ‘Real Life Scientists’ come to our school to provoke thinking and connect our students to how science works. John and Edna Rivas, retired science teachers and passionate advocates of science, are the great driving force behind this spectacular event. Through the science expo, students from preschool to year six engage in a variety of science investigations to create interest, stimulate curiosity about the phenomena occurring every day in the world around them, and explore the scientific inquiry method. These science learning experiences involve and develop problem-solving and prediction skills, preparing the students for the Science Fair Extravaganza, which occurs during Science Week, and is organised for the students to become the ‘Science Experts’ where they showcase science investigations with our early childhood students and parent community.


Winner of the 2022 & 2023 Northern Territory Science Week Award

The annual Jingili Science Expo was held in August, 2022 in the Northern Territory with 21 stall holders demonstrating how Science can be applied outside the classroom. Over 300 students had the opportunity to explore fun and engaging activities. One of the activities was experiencing augmented reality with CSER Project Officer Sue Carter.

On display were Curiscope Virtuali-Tee shirts providing an experience to see inside the human body. Using the free app and a t-shirt, students could see what happens beneath their skin with lungs breathing, heart beating and blood flowing. Students were able to explore the Digestive, Respiratory, Skeletal, Renal and Circulatory Systems. 

Rakugaki is a new app designed to make 2D drawings transform into 3D objects that move through virtual space. The app can recognise the head, body, arms and legs from drawn images and assign bones and joints. This creates an experience as if drawings have come to life. At the expo students used the Magical Builders characters and watched them dance around in virtual space.

Quiver is another AR app that makes learning fun by combining a physical image with moving augmented reality to create an engaging, educational and magical experience. Students were able to use their imagination to create unique stain glass window designs and animate their images.

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