STUDENTS at Mount Pleasant Primary School have been placing the environment under the magnifying glass throughout term three, culminating in a number of projects presented during Science Week.
Be an Environmental Engineer is a whole-school program that aimed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the natural system.
Students used scientific methods to evaluate elements of the bush, including plants, animals and litter.
They then recreated components of the bush in their classrooms, developing an understanding of how the natural environment operates, with an emphasis on pollination and food production.
Younger students evaluated the biodiversity in the grassed area of the schoolyard, while the middle years documented the biodiversity of the native bushland at Wireless Hill.
They then recreated the data in the classrooms, providing an opportunity to study the bush as an ecosystem whose sustainability relies on pollination.
Senior students investigated the sun’s role in powering the life of the bush.
The programme is supported by CSIRO Scientists-in-Schools, including UWA School of Animal Biology honorary research associate Felicity Bradshaw.
“The extensive program allows students to understand the bush as a valuable asset,” she said.
“They learn that natural areas, however small, act as the ‘lungs’ of a city and ensure their health, as well as that of the community.”