Karratha students get insights into earth science
Students from Karratha primary schools spent last week learning about all the interesting parts of earth science through engaging hands-on incursions with Earth Science Western Australia.
ESWA education officer Cecily Arkell visited Millars Well, Peg’s Creek, St Paul’s and Baynton West primary schools and taught students about fossil formation, how understanding the chemistry of rocks can assist farmers, lava viscosity and volcanoes.
She also hosted workshops aimed at upskilling teachers in presenting lessons for the Earth and Space Science curriculum in a fun and engaging manner, using simple equipment that is easy to source.
Ms Arkell said enthusing younger students about earth science was critical to support the resources industry.
“We don’t have enough science graduates coming through,” she said.
“Earth sciences is where students would ideally head in WA, and we need to feed the talent pipeline.”
However, she said the lessons were also about making earth science fun, as some people think it’s just rocks and soil which is quite boring.
“Don’t give up, don’t think it’s just boring rocks, it’s a really exciting subject and there’s a lot of amazing job prospects that can come out of it as well,” Ms Arkell said.
ESWA is a not-for-profit organisation and its trip to Karratha was made possible by the Woodside Australian Science Project.
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