Science education for students

STUDENTS and teachers from Newborough, Traralgon South, Cobains and Toongabbie primary schools attended the CSIRO CarbonKids Climate Change workshops held at Toongabbie Primary School recently.

CarbonKids is an innovative educational program aimed at combining the latest in environmental science with education and sustainability and is delivered to more than 230 schools across Australia.

Program manager Angela Colliver and other senior CSIRO representatives made presentations and assisted the students in hands-on science activities.

The activities included a carbon dioxide transportation activity, molecule models and a carbon storage and porosity activity.

The children enjoyed chocolate carbon capture and storage activity which allowed them to get messy with chocolate biscuits and milk to demonstrate how carbon is captured.

Representative for the Global Carbon Capture Storage Institute Kirsty Anderson said carbon capture education was particularly important for the children of the Latrobe Valley with its surrounding coal industry.

“The children are certainly familiar with their surroundings and the different ways of storing carbon, hopefully they become the next engineers and scientists of the future,” Ms Anderson said.

“This program is vital, especially when we are facing one of the biggest issues of the world today – climate change.”

This event coincided with CSIRO Science Week, a celebration of Australian achievements and capabilities in science.