Full STEAM ahead for students

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Riley Marlo, Felicity Steward, Storm Shepherd.
Camera IconRiley Marlo, Felicity Steward, Storm Shepherd. Credit: Alexander Scott

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.

Jayier Chapmann, Abu Remy, Lincoln Gill.
Camera IconJayier Chapmann, Abu Remy, Lincoln Gill. Credit: Alexander Scott

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.

Xavier Marr, Jakob Camm, Abel Cole, Luca Miles with their teacher Stacey Taylor.
Camera IconXavier Marr, Jakob Camm, Abel Cole, Luca Miles with their teacher Stacey Taylor. Credit: Alexander Scott

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.

South Newman students Ella Russell and Nakita Farr.
Camera IconSouth Newman students Ella Russell and Nakita Farr. Credit: Alexander Scott

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.

Patti Huson, Evicka Dabb, Ella Holmann, Kyana Taylor.
Camera IconPatti Huson, Evicka Dabb, Ella Holmann, Kyana Taylor. Credit: Alexander Scott

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.

Cheyenne Barny and Celena Barny.
Camera IconCheyenne Barny and Celena Barny. Credit: Alexander Scott

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.

Andrea Coballo and Elijah Jeffries.
Camera IconAndrea Coballo and Elijah Jeffries. Credit: Alexander Scott
Tristan Francis, Lucelle Francis, Shirley Aspero.
Camera IconTristan Francis, Lucelle Francis, Shirley Aspero. Credit: Alexander Scott
Toria Wright.
Camera IconToria Wright. Credit: Alexander Scott
Monique Garland, Ella Airton, Nia keep, Heidi Peacock, Kai Batchelor, Elisa Lawrance.
Camera IconMonique Garland, Ella Airton, Nia keep, Heidi Peacock, Kai Batchelor, Elisa Lawrance. Credit: Alexander Scott

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