Renewable Energy – Student Inquiry Learning

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WE love concluding our inquiry learning into a rich topic to endeavour to answer our rich question.
“How does our knowledge and understanding of science improve our world?”
Our students met the challenge through exciting research and investigations. With a focus on sustainability and physics the students studied the impact of renewable and non renewable energy sources. They used the knowledge to create models that would harness renewable energy and help our world.

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The students created:

Clean Up Australia Day

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Today at school our Sustainability Team organised a Clean Up Day. Each class had a designated area to clean. The team leaders had special gloves and bags to collect rubbish and recyclables. They also had tongs for really yucky rubbish.
It is great to all get involved, work together and help to “Keep Australia Beautiful.”
I think that it will make everyone think about where they throw their rubbish also.
We should all try to:

  • REDUCE our rubbish
  • REUSE certain materials
  • RECYCLE when we can

We hope that everyone can take part in Clean Up Australia Day this weekend. For more information, here is the official website!

http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/

Paper Tigers

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Sumatran Tigers have lived for over 6000 years and we want them to live for 6000 more. Paper companies need to change the way they source wood and stop clearing the forests. The tigers have lost over 60% of their forests, which have been cleared due to land being cleared to plant trees to make paper.
Paper companies need to think about what they are doing and think more about the environment. We should all be using less paper also.

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Environmental Guest Speaker

photo (1)We love learning from experts and today we were lucky enough to have Laura, from Moreland City Council, come and speak to us. She taught us many knew things about our role as caretakers of the environment and she set us the challenge of looking at what we are doing and to think about what more we could do?photo laura
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The quick facts from Laura were:

  • Use a Bike-Active transport
  • Sustainable products-low palm oil or no palm oil
  • Compost as much as possible
  • Recycle-shopping bags, products, paper
  • Use less paper
  • Re-use bath water
  • Shower Time should be shorter – Use a Timer
  • Install a Water tank
  • Solar power- Solar panels-Wind Power
  • Use Power saving devises
  • Energy efficient appliances- lights
  • Be The “Environment Police”
  • Sit down and tell them what to do to make the house/building approved
  • Introduce ‘The walking school bus’
  • Wind power is a great source of energy
  • Use Biodegradable plastics and soaps
  • Market forces encourage us as consumers
  • Oceans are getting warmer-fish eggs cant survive
  • We need to be proactive for the Environment

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We learnt so much and shared our ideas. We are all now more aware of how we can help.

What will your family’s next challenge be as caretakers of the environment?

What a Wonderful World

OUR REFLECTIONS

Chloe
Nature is both beautiful and powerful. Our wonderful world is full of vibrant colours, amazing creatures, stunning landscapes and lots of love. All the animals are so beautiful in their own way, as is everything in nature. It is as though all Flora and Fauna are the children of Mother Earth. They are all unique and exotic.

Hailey
We are so lucky to have our blue skies, sunshine and our friends, but I truly love all the sea creatures and the animals in this world. I love the colourful rainbow and the trees with their green leaves. What a wonderful world!

Maddie
“The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky”
Watching these beautiful images makes me feel relaxed. I am so lucky to live in this wonderful world. It makes me feel very happy and very grateful for all that I have.

Jonathon
I think a wonderful sight in our world is Mount Panorama. The tall mountains have a beautiful view. Once a year a famous car race is held there in Australia. Its lovely green grass runs all around the mountain side.

What do you think is wonderful about our world?

Term 4 Environments

What are the features of the Australian Environment?
What are my responsibilities in helping care for the environment?
What is an eco-system?

These are just some of the questions that we will endeavour to answer throughout our INQUIRY unit in Term 4.

What are some other things that you are WONDERING about the environment?

Visit this great interactive website to learn more!!!

http://www.skwirk.com.au/content/upload/Kiddies/HSIE/main.swf