CHAL­LENGE TEACHES LIFE SKILLS

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

TREENDALE Pri­mary School was one of eight schools to take up the Ro­tary Club of Bun­bury Leschenault’s Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing Chal­lenge on April 6, where stu­dents learnt real life prob­lem solv­ing through a range of STEM ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Year 5 and 6 stu­dents com­peted on the third day of com­pe­ti­tion, with Bun­bury Pri­mary School named win­ner with the high­est score.

This fol­lowed two days of high school com­pe­ti­tion, with Ge­or­giana Mol­loy win­ning on April 4 and Don­ny­brook Se­nior High School on April 5.

Club pres­i­dent Stephen Wood­house said while Ge­or­giana Mol­loy had been pre­vi­ous win­ners, the Don­ny­brook team was the “dark horse”.

“For a small district school with a small num­ber of stu­dents to se­lect from, they came out on top with a very good score,” Mr Wood­house said.

He said he was im­pressed how quickly the pri­mary school stu­dents learnt on the day.

“Some of the re­sults to­day have beaten what some of the high schools were do­ing in the last few days, par­tic­u­larly on build­ing the tow­ers.

“They came up with some fab­u­lous so­lu­tions and in­no­va­tive new ideas, which were equal to how the high schools were per­form­ing.”

Mr Wood­house said the chal­lenge taught all the stu­dents how to work col­lab­o­ra­tively and how to prob­lem solve real-life sce­nar­ios.

“The kids don’t re­alise they are ac­tu­ally ap­ply­ing maths and sci­ence to these prob­lems,” he said.

“They en­joy it and they don’t know they are learn­ing.”

He said the aim of the com­pe­ti­tion was to en­cour­age stu­dents’ in­ter­est in STEM sub­jects.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Treendale Pri­mary School Year 6 stu­dent Schonna Chary and Cooinda Pri­may School Year 6 stu­dent Tay­lor Tyrrell take part in the Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing Chal­lenge.

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