PLC floods eco com­pe­ti­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PRES­BY­TE­RIAN Ladies’ Col­lege (PLC) swept the top three spots in the UNEP-DHI Eco Chal­lenge, beat­ing about 140 other teams.

Three stu­dents from PLC re­ceived first, sec­ond and third place in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion run by Curtin Univer­sity, which is an au­then­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents in years 7 to 12.

The on­line strate­gic game Aqua Repub­lica in­volved stu­dents work­ing in teams to come up with prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to real- life is­sues re­lat­ing to wa­ter man­age­ment and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment us­ing their knowl­edge of the sci­ences.

PLC ge­og­ra­phy teacher Wieneke Maris, who helped pre­pare for the chal­lenge, said the win was a first for the school.

“We did the eco chal­lenge last year only with a se­lect group of stu­dents; no­body won,” she said.

“We spent two lessons in class to get fa­mil­iar with the game be­fore the stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Stu­dents re­flected af­ter play­ing the game that it was very dif­fi­cult to bal­ance the dif­fer­ent uses of wa­ter sus­tain­ably, es­pe­cially as the nat­u­ral haz­ards caused by cli­mate change, such as drought and flood­ing, made man­age­ment more dif­fi­cult.”

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Front: Grace Al­cock. Mid­dle: Lily Ma­cliver, Bri­ana Ni­chol­son. Back: Ni­cole Enslin, Matilda Mal­loch and An­nie Mitchell.

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