Stu­dents get all the dirt on ecosys­tems

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

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