Lakeland SHS students tackle sustainability at Scitech event

Lakeland SHS’s Tahlia Tuhega, Taya Matthews, Sela Tuipulotu and Macey Mafivaea.
Lakeland SHS’s Tahlia Tuhega, Taya Matthews, Sela Tuipulotu and Macey Mafivaea.

LAKELAND Senior High School students explored innovative ways to be sustainable as part of a new Scitech event.

Year 8 to 10 students from four WA high schools explored the question ‘how can we be more sustainable with our food and energy at our school?’ as part of the NXplorers program, which was launched in March.

Students tackled the concept through the creation of advertising campaigns to reduce straw use, creating basketball-inspired backboards for bins to encourage people to throw rubbish out and using recycled materials to help grow food in school gardens.

Scitech chief executive Deb Hancock said NXplorers was a joint science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education program.

“The NXplorers program is a remarkable opportunity for secondary school students to understand how STEM thinking can practically relate to their world to create relevant, realistic and positive solutions to issues facing their community,” she said.

“This agent of change mentality is immensely empowering and demonstrates how and why STEM skills can shape future career opportunities as well as their day to day lives.

“Over 75 per cent of future jobs have been identified as needing STEM skills and knowledge, and the NXplorers program is a practical step towards empowering current generations for future success”

Participants are also able to work alongside NXplorers students in Brazil, Nigeria, India, Kazakhstan, Oman and Egypt via an online portal to encourage global thinking.