Central west students from Kindergarten to Year 12 at Kinross Wolaroi School are gaining valuable insight into many paths of education through the school’s recently established agribusiness and science programs.
The Regional Engagement Enterprise (TREE) program was piloted this year and launched on November 7 by Department of Primary Industry director general Scott Hansen. The aim of TREE is to showcase the regional opportunities available, to engage students in their learning by making it as relevant as possible and to provide a variety of experiences that cater for the interests of all our students.
Some of the pilot projects undertaken by students have included managing food scraps, through the creation and usage of worm farms, building a sustainable greenhouse out of 1500 recycled plastic bottles and excursions to an alpaca farm and Parkes Show.
This year also saw the introduction of iSTEM (integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a Year 9 elective at the school.
iSTEM disciplines focus on innovation through the use of creativity, research, collaborative engagement and enquiry based learning.
The KWS Year 9 iSTEM students began the final unit of the Year 9 iSTEM – Design for Space – and commenced Scuba Diving training in the Eric Solling Memorial Swimming pool in preparation for the simulated Space experiment.
The Design for Space Unit enabled students to bring together all they’d learnt in units covered throughout the subject this year.
The training, to simulate the microgravity that astronauts experience in space, was provided by a qualified dive instructor and forms an important part of the skill requirements necessary for their mission.
Before embarking on the Scuba Diving training, the students were taught how to check their vital signs with live data collected from bio-metric sensors via coding, including their heart rate and blood pressure.
They have also continued their studies in mechanical engineering and basic electrical principals through to complex coding and CAD drawing.
It is believed that Kinross Wolaroi School facilitated a first in Australia, possibly the world, by completing this unit of work.