Two primary schools get science boost from Cockburn Rotary

Cody Burns, Alan Wright (Community Rep Rotary Club of Cockburn), Aditi Rajesh, Chelsea Pope & Christian Bismonte. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488933 communitypix.com.au
Cody Burns, Alan Wright (Community Rep Rotary Club of Cockburn), Aditi Rajesh, Chelsea Pope & Christian Bismonte. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488933 communitypix.com.au

THE Rotary Club of Cockburn has paid forward a $1000 grant by buying new science equipment for two local primary schools.

The club was named a recent recipient of Stockland’s CARE grant, funding which they then used to buy microscopes for Atwell and Beeliar primary schools.

Rotary Club of Cockburn member Alan Wright said the donation was made to ensure local students had access to important science tools.

“Stockland’s CARE Grant has allowed us to supply two primary school classes with a total of 60 microscopes and batteries,” he said.

“Traditional science teaching involves memorizing facts and figures and is an approach that research has shown many school children find boring, so by doing this we hope to encourage young students to enjoy science as a creative subject which will inspire them to be the scientists of tomorrow.”

Atwell Primary deputy principal Claire Zappa said the microscopes would give students the opportunity to examine microorganisms.

“Thirty microscopes allows a whole class to be actively engaged in the inquiry process during the lessons,” she said.

“Resources like this can be costly to buy so as a school community we value and appreciate the support of local organisations such as Rotary.”

It was the second science based gift Atwell Primary has received recently after they picked up some new equipment as part of Alcoa’s School Science Challenge.