Science spot­light

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

From so­lar-pow­ered cook­ing to aquapon­ics, a se­ries of am­bi­tious projects to make the Earth’s fu­ture more sus­tain­able were pre­sented by Dampier Pri­mary School stu­dents at a science fair last week.

As part of the school’s STEM pro­gram, ev­ery stu­dent has been in­volved in a range of projects on the Na­tional Science Week theme of Fu­ture Earth in the past few months and demon­strated their work to the rest of the school at an as­sem­bly last Thurs­day.

Se­nior teacher and STEM co-or­di­na­tor Anna Pianta said the projects had been en­tirely done by stu­dents and showed them the many dif­fer­ent ways peo­ple could help im­prove the planet by pre­serv­ing some of Earth’s most im­por­tant re­sources.

“It gives them an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally ex­plore how easy it is to make a pos­i­tive im­pact, and that the lit­tle things count,” she said.

“It ac­tu­ally is giv­ing them some own­er­ship of it as well, and (the projects) all link in to­gether into how can we help fu­ture Earth with wa­ter, en­ergy and food.”

Projects in­cluded a homemade wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tem, a mini aquapon­ics gar­den, so­lar oven, rub­bish anal­y­sis and data col­lec­tion from a set of so­lar lights, which will be do­nated to Pa­pua New Guinea.

The youngest stu­dents were also in­volved, with pre-pri­mary chil­dren us­ing spare eggshells for grow­ing herbs and Year 1 stu­dents mak­ing a “pledge to the earth” to be con­scious about sus­tain­abil­ity.

Ms Pianta said the theme of Fu­ture Earth was good for chil­dren’s learn­ing by get­ting them to “ex­plore science as a hu­man en­deav­our” and ap­ply the­o­ries to real-world matters.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Dampier Pri­mary School Year 6 stu­dents Lily Car­rigg, Amelia McGil­vray, Thomas Shin­gle­ton, Maya Pianta and Ja­cob Faux, all 11, demon­strate a wa­ter fil­tra­tion project for the Fu­ture Earth science fair.

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