STEM, SpeakOut studentsin spotlight
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.
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.
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.
The STEM program and Speak Out competition are run as part of BHP’s Pilbara Education Partnership.
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails