Science class isn’t usually about rock and roll, but it was for over 400 high school students at RMIT University’s Storey Hall in May.
Ologism, a science education rock show supported by CSIRO, wowed Year 9 and 10 students from Melbourne High School, Mac Robertson Girls High School, Rowville Secondary College, Footscray City College and Simonds Catholic College, with original music and science demonstrations live on stage.
The science-rock extravaganza combined science education with musical entertainment; singing songs about genetic modification, weather systems, the world’s largest radio telescope, climate change and nanotechnology. The students were treated to a show stopping finale involving a dry ice explosion to demonstrate the laws of thermodynamics.
The rock concert was welcomed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Calum Drummond and supported by RMIT, CSIRO and the Department of Industry.
Organiser Chris Krishna-Pillay from CSIRO said he was pleased with the event and thanked the RMIT staff involved for their assistance.
“The attendance was great, the audience enjoyed themselves and we had a great time too,“ he said.
“These kinds of performances are only possibly with local assistance, and we look forward to working with RMIT again in the future.“