Essex Heights PS has a very strong Science program.

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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
Our school successfully applied to be part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program in 2018. We last participated in this program in May 2016.


ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio. Astronaut Tim Peake explains how an ARISS contact works - click here.


Twelve students from Years 3 to 6 were selected to interview Serena Aunon-Chancellor (an American physician, engineer, and NASA astronaut), crew member and a flight engineer on Expedition 56/57 on the International Space Station, as it passed overhead. Students worked collaboratively on the questions they wanted to ask, and these were approved by ARISS and NASA. Contact was made at 6.24pm on Tuesday 17th July 2018. A live link on YouTube of our contact with the ISS can be viewed - click here.


This was a whole school and community event; it was exciting to have this wonderful opportunity for our school.


ARISS in 2016:



May 20, 2016

A telebridge contact via VK5ZAI with students at Essex Heights Primary School, Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia was successful  Fri 2016-05-20 08:35:16 UTC 30 deg.  Astronaut Jeff Williams KD5TVQ answered 22 questions from 11 students.
Watch a story produced by local media that features students preparing for the upcoming interview:

The ARISS linkup into Essex Heights held on 20 May 2016 was covered into both China and Indonesia and translated into their respective languages.
Watching the International Space Station pass overhead

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 965 kilometres per hour; the space station flies at 28,160 kilometres per hour). All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the ISS and contrasts against the darker sky.


Below is a time-lapse photo of the space station moving across the sky.

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For more information


Science Talent Search 2019

This year’s Science Talent Search theme is “Destination Moon: more missions, more science”. This fantastic theme gives great scope for creative and critical thinking. Throughout Australia, the States and Territories provide primary and secondary school students the opportunity to enter a science focussed competition. The Science Teachers Association of Victoria (STAV) coordinates this state wide competition. The multiple categories aim to stimulate students in the following ways:
  • Encourage independent self-motivated project work amongst students of science;
  • Provide opportunities to communicate their achievements to a wider audience;
  • Provide opportunities for recognition of effort and achievement in a scientific enterprise;
  • Promote involvement in processes of science and its communication;
  • Display primary and post primary student’s work to the public.

Register by Monday 27th May 2019.

For more information about the competition, and the category topics in each Section, refer to the STS 2019 Handbook - please CLICK HERE.

EHPS students have previously been involved in:

ICAS Science

Tuesday 29th May 2018

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. For Years 3 to 5 students.


The Science Talent Search (STS)

The STS theme for 2018 was Australian Game Changers and Change Makers. For further information go to the website -  


Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Students were given the opportunity to enter the 2016 Eureka Prize. Further information at 

This was a national schools competition run by Origin that aimed to foster creativity and innovation in students from Years 3 to 8. The Top 12 ideas - including the three overall winners - were selected based on an exceptional demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation. Go to the website for further information - http:/

In 2015, Years 3 and 4 Winner, Greta (aged 9), came up with a wonderful idea for vehicle safety. A device which alerts emergency services with a car's location using GPS when an airbag is deployed. She won a 7 night trip to the USA to visit the NASA Kennedy Space Centre.