Students get all the dirt on ecosystems
DIRT, dirt and more dirt was all in a day’s work for the Belmont Primary School students participating in Scitech’s Science After School Eco-Forensic event recently.
Around 20 budding scientists from the school participated and collected dirt and soil samples from the school environment to investigate ecosystems.
After four weeks of testing and analysing, the students found samples of pollution in the results, which sparked questions on human impact on the environment.
Scitech’s Science After School co-ordinator Jess Silva said the students had put fantastic efforts into the investigation outside of class time.
“The students at Belmont are developing in leaps and bounds with their critical thinking and decision-making skills, and are now taking scientific concepts outside of the classroom,” Ms Silva said.
“The event was a great way to show their parents and friends what they have learnt.”
Sponsored by Woodside, Scitech’s Science After School program provides handson activities across metropolitan Perth after school hours.
The program aims to raise student awareness on how science is relevant in everyday lives.
Students Iaisha Whittle and Keiran Bower with Scitech Science After School co-ordinator Jess Silva.