NARACOORTE South Primary School students are learning that science can be fun.
For National Science Week earlier this month, children participated in a variety of activities including a catapult competition and daily quizzes.
Awards were handed out last week as part of a special assembly.
All of the catapults were tested and judged on their design with one winner selected from each class.
There was also a competition for families - which had 11 entries.
They were tested in front of the whole school on Wednesday last week.
Lucy Henschke was deemed the winner after her ping pong ball flung the furthest across the gym.
The Year 4 student made the catapult with the help of her grandpa David Henschke and it featured wooden infrastructure with a pink coat of paint.
Local parent and scientist Dan Newson, who is part of the Scientists in Schools program, said it was important for kids to learn the subject could be fun and could be applied to everyday life.
"(The catapult competition) has been a way to get families and kids involved.
"Science is really important. The government has identified there is a lack of it and recognises science as a major part of future jobs.
"We are trying to show that it is lots of fun."
Scientists in Schools is a national program that creates and supports long-term partnerships between teachers and scientists.
It started in 2007 and currently has over 1300 Australian schools involved.