Students connect with zoo
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.