- Thursday 09 February 2017
Sunshine Coast students will be encouraged to build hands on environmental science skills by testing water quality of local creeks and exploring the biodiversity of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve as part of this year’s Kids in Action Program.
Designed for students from Years 5-8, Kids in Action aims to increase children’s environmental knowledge and understanding, while providing opportunities for positive environmental and sustainability action.
Environment Portfolio Councillor, Jenny McKay, said the program had continued to grow from strength to strength since its inception seven years ago.
“What makes Kids in Action so successful is the Kids-teaching-kids approach to teaching that underpins it,” Cr McKay said.
“This approach partners schools with local environmental experts and engages students actively in learning about local environmental issues.
“It also encourages students to participate in solving these problems and assists them in sharing their knowledge with the community.”
Last year approximately 350 students from 25 schools across the Coast shared their diverse and exciting ideas for how to live more sustainably, teaching each other about everything from using vegetables to make eco-dye, to creating green walls from recycled drink bottles and even how to develop scientific fieldwork skills to explore and record mangrove habitat health.
Building on the success of last year’s program, Kids in Action 2017 is set to be bigger and better than ever, with up to 30 schools exploring the theme “relationships matter”.
Schools will be introduced to mentors, begin planning their presentation and engage in hands-on fieldwork during the Environmental Projects Day on Friday May 5.
Students will then take part in an environmental ‘show and tell’ demonstrating and sharing their projects with other schools at the Kids in Action Conference on Friday September 1.
The conference encourages students to take responsibility for their learning through the planning and delivery of environmental projects.
Kids in Action is a great opportunity for students to develop leadership and active citizenship skills, and connect with local environmental groups and mentors, creating genuine learning exchanges between current and future environmental custodians.
For more information, or to register your interest in your school taking part, visit council’s website or follow our events on Facebook.