MWKTK Conference Workshops – What worked well?

This year 41 schools offered to create a workshop, video, mainstage performance or Environmental Project Day activity for the 2017 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference. Anyone who has been involved in Kids Teaching Kids knows that you can’t throw a presentation together overnight; it takes many months of research, planning, prop making, trial and error, rehearsals, editing, and of course fun!

It may be hard work, but teachers consistently tell us about how much their students gain from going through the process of developing a presentation. As one teacher even said in our 2017 Teacher Survey, “Kids take ownership of their learning and promote what they are passionate about to other kids – there are very few opportunities for students to do this and reach such a wide audience!”.

The Kids Teaching Kids team has seen thousands of workshops throughout the conference’s lifetime and as always, we saw schools raise the bar this year.

While we loved them all, here is a snapshot of some of what worked really well (you can read their workshop blurbs in the Conference brochure). You can also check out all the videos and main stage performances from this year on YouTube (coming soon!) and more workshop highlights in the Photo Gallery.

Thanks to all the schools, teachers and students who presented in 2017 – without your hard work, we wouldn’t have a Conference!

Catholic Regional College, St Albans

CRC Game

 Type  Workshop
Key Message   The majority of waste sent to landfill as school communities can either be recycled or composted. Through a few simple actions, we could reduce the amount of landfill each year by at least two thirds!
 The activities One activity really caught our eye! Over the year, Catholic Regional College students developed different electronic arcade games to educate their fellow students and staff about how to recycle, compost and dispose of rubbish in a school context.
 Why we liked it  The Catholic Regional College students really thought about their own strength and played to these! Interested in gaming and coding the students turned this passion into something that could be used to teach sustainability concepts in an engaging and modern way! We’d love to see this in the App Store!


St Justin’s Primary School, Wheelers Hill

St Justin
Type EPD Workshop
Key Message That developing good soil is important when growing fruit and vegetables and so easy to do!
Activities 1. Learning how to test the ph level of soil

2. Making worm towers

Why we liked it  This workshop included the Head, Heart AND Hand!

  • Hands-on learning through creating the worm farms, students were taught how to safely use a drill and were able to create a worm farm to take home.
  • STEM learning connected with understandings of ph levels, the group even had made posters showing the colours for acid, alkaline and neutral.
  • Students learnt how to use a commercial soil testing kit and were encouraged to teach others in their school.
  • Inspired students to think about creating their own school veggie patch!
  • PLUS the workshop related to an existing project at school as these students have an amazing kitchen garden program that they used as their inspiration.

Spotswood Primary School

Type Mainstage Performance
Key Message Stop, Think, What are you putting down your sink?
Activities Don’t rush to flush – ever wondered what happens to your poo after you flush the loo? Luckily Spotswood Primary School was on hand to show our Water Warriors what happens when you flush objects down the toilet. Taking us on a shadow puppet journey through the Western Treatment Plant, Spotswood demonstrated just what happens between the toilet bowl and the ocean!
Why we liked it  Super imaginative (and funny!) the Spotswood students brought their own style and flair to the story of our waste treatment! Filled with detailed information, delegates were about to learn about every aspect of a Treatment Plant and what they do to turn our waste into a resource!

Spotswood linked up with the Melbourne Water’s education team at the Western Treatment Plant for mentorship on the project, going for a tour of the facilities. This is a great example of how industry experts can really add to the learning and research done by KTK kids!