Bugsy Claire in­spires Ecol­ogy War­riors

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS LOOKING BACK -

Ju­lat­ten State School stu­dents had had an in­tro­duc­tory work­shop to the Ecol­ogy War­riors Project. Ear­lier this year, Ju­lat­ten State School P&C suc­cess­fully ap­plied for an En­gag­ing Sci­ence Grants to po­si­tion stu­dents on bright path to the fu­ture.

The P&C re­ceived a $10,000 grant for stu­dents in the wider com­mu­nity to de­velop knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ings of the unique lo­cal ecol­ogy.

The in­tro­duc­tory work­shop was fa­cil­i­tated by lo­cal en­to­mol­o­gist, Dr Claire Baker, known as Bugsy Claire.

Dr Claire and her part­ner Mar­cus, a botanist and ge­ol­o­gist, will run a se­ries of work­shops af­ter school in Term 1 next year, for chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in hands-on and minds-on ac­tiv­i­ties that will en­gage and build in­ter­est in STEM learn­ing and fu­ture ca­reers.

Ju­lat­ten State School prin­ci­pal, Mrs Gaye Love­lock, con­sid­ers STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics) ed­u­ca­tion as vi­tal to our fu­ture, the fu­ture of our re­gion and the fu­ture of our chil­dren.

Mrs Love­lock com­mented “Cre­at­ing learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that are fun and in­ter­est­ing will im­pact pos­i­tively on stu­dents to work to­wards hav­ing an ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing STEM ca­reer.”

Mrs Love­lock be­lieves that schools should en­cour­age stu­dents to un­der­stand and em­brace the tech­nolo­gies that af­fect our ev­ery­day lives.

Fri­day night was the first op­por­tu­nity to meet with Dr Claire and her in­sect pets, Twiggy and Princess.

Stu­dents camped overnight at school and par­tic­i­pated in fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

The camp was a per­fect way to pro­mote in­ter­est in the STEM work­shops sched­uled for 2018.

The Ecol­ogy War­rior Af­ter School Project will be ad­ver­tised later this term.

Chil­dren in the lo­cal area are in­vited on Wed­nes­days from 3.30pm in Term 1, 2018.

Please con­tact Ju­lat­ten State School 4094 1130 if you would like more in­for­ma­tion.

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