A Great Day at Wannon Water KTK Event!
The 15th September saw over 300 students from 10 schools descending on Deakin University’s Warrnambool Campus for the 2017 Kids Teaching Kids Conference, presented by Wannon Water. Kids Teaching Kids, an environmental education program, is run in schools across the nation thanks to the support of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic), Qantas and Sydney Airport. Students presented a range of hands-on, engaging activities on the day revolving around topics such as renewable energy, desalination, banning plastic bags, erosion, recycled art, and the properties of water. The event represented the accumulation of 6 months’ worth of hard work, with students having taken on the responsibility to learn about the environment and sustainability and make positive changes within their school grounds before the big day.
The Port Fairy Consolidated School green team took on the responsibility of organising the day, with the students creating the welcome packs, acting as tour guides and organising the opening and closing ceremonies. The event also attracted some interstate visitors, with students from a school in Allende, SA attending to learn about the Kids Teaching Kids Program and see the amazing work of the Warrnambool students.
One group of Warrnambool College students took on the challenge of teaching students about renewable energy and city planning. Students were treated to three unique activities, learning about wind turbines, racing solar power cars and taking part in an eco-city planning competition. Throughout the workshop, the audience discussed both the positives and negatives of each type of energy source, considering the challenges faced by cities in the future.
In another workshop, Warrnambool West Primary School students looked at ways in which to avoid throwing out waste and instead find a way to give rubbish a new life. This lesson was backed up by giving participants the chance to repurpose old wooden pallets, with every student building and decorating small storage boxes from wood.
The day ended with students sharing their thoughts on what they had learned throughout the event, writing personal eco-pledges and discussing their future plans to change the world. These students now join a network of over 125,000 kids who are prepared to take on the challenge of protecting and advocating for our environment.