Willetton SHS aspiring marine biologists get funding boost for projects


Students from Willetton Senior High School receiving the $6300 grant certificate from Bridgestone Select Canning Vale owner Russell Mead.
Students from Willetton Senior High School receiving the $6300 grant certificate from Bridgestone Select Canning Vale owner Russell Mead.

A GROUP of aspiring marine biologists from Willetton Senior High School are conducting three innovative science projects this term, using their talents to make a difference.

A hydrodynamics project is looking at the death of a Swan River dolphin, with a test tank and 3D print models helping students determine whether a damaged fin contributed to the dolphin’s death.

The students are also monitoring the growth of an artificial reef at Coral Bay and conducting a bioacoustic study, investigating the idea that individual dolphins have a specific echolocation pattern that is passed on from mother to calf.

In order to carry out the projects the school required access to a range of technologies, including a large 3D printer and an underwater microphone and recorder, made possible thanks to a $6300 grant from tire seller Bridgestone Australia.

The grant was awarded as part of a program titled Tomorrow Matters, with schools across Australia invited to apply for ten funding grants of up to $10,000 to be put towards an infrastructure or school project with a focus on the environment, technology or youth development.

As part of its submission, Willetton Senior High School submitted a video outlining its proposed projects and why it deserved to win.

For more information about Bridgestone’s Community Schools Project or to see the winning applications, visit www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/community-schools-project