On Saturday June 6th we launched Science with Suzy Urbaniak, an educational series in partnership with CoRE Learning Foundation. Science Educator and Australian of the Year, Western Australian Local Hero Suzy Urbaniak hosted this event alongside Dario Bongiovanni, aimed at educating children on the science of energy and the evolution of our industry. We are so fortunate to have this partnership; Suzy is an incredible educator and a real inspiration for our next generation.
We had 26 children attend the first presentation, which looked at the history of energy, going way back to the Jurassic period. Suzy and Dario discussed energy as the transformer of our existence and the catalyst behind our living standards. The connection to dinosaurs was a huge hit with the children, resulting in some exciting discussions during the Q&A. Suzy also did an amazing representation of a dinosaur! Following this session, children were asked to create their own dinosaur footprint for them to show in the second session.
We kicked off the second session with the children showing off their dinosaur footprints, and we were so impressed with their work. We also heard about Lewis’ trip to Denmark and he showed off the fossils that he’d collected during this adventure.
Following show and tell, Suzy and Dario were joined by dinosaur guru Emlyn Covell, who went into detail about the energy that dinosaurs used to live, find food and work, and the different characteristics of dinosaurs of the land, the air and the sea. He likened the body shape and skeletons of the dinosaurs to a futuristic machine, similar to a robot. This takes us to our second project for the children – to create a dinosaur robot that helps us perform special tasks.
Our 3rd and final session for this series was held on Saturday 20th June and Suzy presented to us from the top of the Jarndunmunha (or Mount Nameless). Suzy and the children discussed the different types of energy, and the energy sources of the future. We also got to see the dinosaur robots that the children created. We'd like to congratulate Lucas, Lewis and Nicolas who designed some amazing robots. Each robot was very different, using a different dinosaur as their model and taking the lifestyle of that dinosaur to master specific tasks. We're so impressed by the creative thinking that went into these designs, and we hope to see your brilliant minds at work again in the future.
Science with Suzy Urbaniak is a three-part educational series in partnership with CoRE Learning Foundation. CoRE is the acronym for the Centre of Resources Excellence.
Acting on behalf of others, they encourage students with learning and the courage to empower themselves to passionately pursue STEM career pathways, underpinned by 21st-century enterprise and technical skill development.
A progressive Learning Model which is encouraging all types of students to explore the possibilities, combining the sciences, technology, engineering, arts, and maths' to develop novel solutions to real-world problems.
To learn more about Suzy Urbaniak and the team at CoRE Learning Foundation, visit their website here.
Thank you for your support of this educational series, we hope to see you again at our next Science with Suzy Urbaniak series.