Stu­dents con­nect with zoo

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PERTH Zoo’s new­est ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram is set to pro­vide re­gional and low so­cio-eco­nomic stu­dents with more hands-on learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

While the zoo al­ready ed­u­cates about 75,000 young peo­ple ev­ery year, the new Tronox Ed­u­ca­tion STEAM pro­gram al­lows stu­dents from across WA to en­gage in prac­ti­cal learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, where they or­di­nar­ily would not have the fi­nan­cial means.

Min­ing com­pany Tronox pro­vided fund­ing for the pro­gram to en­sure stu­dents from re­gional ar­eas have op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take the science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, art and maths ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Gabby May­nard said one of Tronox’s cor­po­rate re- spon­si­bil­i­ties was to in­volve stu­dents from the com­pany’s catch­ment area in STEAM learn­ing as early as pos­si­ble.

“If you en­gage with stu­dents at a young age it’ll show them there’s a whole range of ca­reer paths out there,” Ms May­nard said.

“The long-term goal is maybe we could spon­sor them through to ca­reers with our com­pany in all dif­fer­ent ar­eas.”

The inau­gu­ral classes from Warn­bro Com­mu­nity High at­tended the pro­gram last Wed­nes­day and Perth Zoo dis­cov­ery and learn­ing of­fi­cer Kate McMur­trie said the Year 7 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in ac­tiv­i­ties that would help them un­der­stand lo­cal an­i­mals.

“It’s great to learn about ex­otic an­i­mals as well, but we def­i­nitely like to keep it close to what could be in their backyard,” she said.

“They’re con­nect­ing with the en­vi­ron­ment they live in.”

Warn­bro stu­dents Ben Labi­uyere and Ge­or­gia Har­ri­son with Kate McMur­trie.

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