Circuit Breakers: Western Power taking electric new program to primary school kids


Western Power’s Chantel Oliver with Mullaloo Beach PS science teacher Adan Mosconi and students Lucas, Max, Monique and Emerson. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Western Power’s Chantel Oliver with Mullaloo Beach PS science teacher Adan Mosconi and students Lucas, Max, Monique and Emerson. Picture: Martin Kennealey

WESTERN Power has introduced a community schools program called ‘Circuit breakers’ for primary school students.

The program, designed for students in years 4-6, gives 20 schools direct access to engineering experts and each participating school will receive two 3D printers.

Engineer Chantal Oliver said they were looking for the ‘thinkers, makers and innovators’ in primary schools who see the world differently, and wanted to discover ways to bring their ideas to life.

“Engineers and kids aren’t that different in that we all have a passion to solve problems and find better ways to do things,” she said.

“The only difference are the tools that we use and guidance from experts who have helped us get to where we are now.”

The 10-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics program for primary schools will help develop knowledge and skills with a focus on electrical engineering using 3D printers.

Schools have until June 4 to apply for the program, and classes that participate will present their ideas and findings at a science fair in October.

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