Full STEAM ahead for students
Pilbara students gathered in South Hedland last week for a day of education and fun at the STEAM expo.
Students from Marble Bar, Newman, and Port Hedland visited the JD Hardie Centre in Port Hedland on Wednesday for the expo covering science, technology, arts and maths.
Hedland academic enrichment co-ordinator Kylie Unkovich said the expo provided hands-on activities youngsters might not get the chance experience in the classroom.
Ms Unkovich said the event was part of the BHP Pilbara education partnership to teach regional students about particular subjects while giving them access to activities that they would normally miss out on because of where they live.
“Today we have students from Year 4 to Year 8, and hopefully the younger students will then go to high school and get involved in the STEAM subjects there,” she said.
There were a variety of activities running on the day, with BHP running a water rocket station where students built a rocket from a plastic bottle and launched it to see which one travelled further.
BHP mechanical engineer Graeme White said BHP had brought a team of engineers to teach the fundamental science behind rockets, such as drag and thrust.
“It’s about showing them the fun of experimentation and seeing that they can work together as a team,” he said.
Baler Primary School teacher Trent Collins said the goal of the day was to get students interested in STEAM subjects.
“There’s a big focus in schools on STEAM subjects, to start getting them into these subject areas through to higher education,” he said.
Mr Collins said it was essential to showcase jobs available in the science and technology fields.
“Hopefully, some of them will ultimately choose a career path that follows the STEAM subjects,” he said.
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