STEM, SpeakOut studentsin spotlight

Daneka HillNorth West Telegraph
Tayah Larado and Candice Maidment with the Tank 2000.
Camera IconTayah Larado and Candice Maidment with the Tank 2000. Credit: North West Telegraph, Daneka Hill

Ocean-cleaning prototypes and speeches about the video game Fortnite are among the many achievements children proudly displayed in Port Hedland before the Easter school holidays.

Students in the new STEM group and those competing in the Speak Out public speaking program, presented the results of their work to the public, parents and judges from BHP as the first school term wrapped up.

The STEM class designed devices to collect litter out of the ocean.

Cassia Primary School student Dusty Campbell presents a prototype meant to remove litter from the ocean.
Camera IconCassia Primary School student Dusty Campbell presents a prototype meant to remove litter from the ocean. Credit: Daneka Hill

Students Jake Heatley, 11, and Robert Ware, 10, worked together on the South Hedland Primary School team.

They took job creation into consideration when pitching their robotic clean-up invention to industry representatives.

“We were thinking of applying for jobs as well so when it gets full we’ll just send someone out there to empty it,” they said.

(left) Jake Heatley and (right) Robert Ware from South Hedland Primary School present their invention to parents and representatives from BHP, Pilbara Ports Authority and Care For Hedland.
Camera Icon(left) Jake Heatley and (right) Robert Ware from South Hedland Primary School present their invention to parents and representatives from BHP, Pilbara Ports Authority and Care For Hedland. Credit: North West Telegraph, Daneka Hill

The Speak Out competition was held at the Matt Dann Theatre and featured 19 speakers from Years 4-6.

Subjects of the self-made speeches varied from being about peer pressure, cautionary hacking stories, facts about dogs, and the benefit of languages.

The 2019 winner of Speak Out, Poppy Zadow, backed herself and spoke on the topic and self-confidence.

Runner-up Shayli Andrews, 11, said in her speech she only had two years left to be a child and encouraged the gathered crowd of primary school children to leave the house, explore the world and make the most of their childhoods.

Stuart Wilson, 11, from Port Hedland Primary School performed a comedic sketch centred on the benefits of Fortnite, and Shari Lemon, 11, presented a thinly veiled pitch for pools to the principals in attendance.

Hedland Speak Out winner Poppy Zadow, 11, spoke about self confidence and runner up Shayli Andrews’s, 11, message was on exploring the world.
Camera IconHedland Speak Out winner Poppy Zadow, 11, spoke about self confidence and runner up Shayli Andrews’s, 11, message was on exploring the world. Credit: North West Telegraph, Daneka Hill

The STEM program and Speak Out competition are run as part of BHP’s Pilbara Education Partnership.

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