Birtinya students steam ahead to reduce and recycle with Wasteworld

26 February 2019

Stockland has teamed up with the National Theatre for Children (NTC) to deliver a unique program for young students that uses LEGO® Education robotics to explore real-world scientific problems about recycling and waste.

The hands-on ‘Showdown at Waste World’ STEAM enrichment education opportunity includes a combination of theatre, classroom-friendly software and inspiring, curriculum-based science projects for students in Preschool to Grade 6 at no cost to individual schools.

Showdown at Waste World will kick off locally with a live performance at Kawana Waters State College in Bokarina on Friday, 8 March featuring professional actors from The National Theatre for Children.

STEAM is a global movement that encourages interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), while integrating the Arts to foster innovation.

Now in its second year, more than 10,000 students in primary schools across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Perth are expected to participate in the Showdown at Waste World program.

Penny Austin, Sustainability Manager at Stockland, said the first-of-its-kind initiative exemplified Stockland’s commitment to creating sustainable, innovative communities for generations to come.

“Last year’s inaugural program was an outstanding success and we are thrilled to be once again partnering with the National Theatre for Children to ensure the valuable program continues in 2019,” Ms Austin said.

Designed to help build students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions around waste minimisation and recycling, teachers will be provided with supplemental curriculum designed to make the science come to life.

As part of the program, students will work with LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 kits to build a motorised model of their learnings which they will showcase to parents, family and friends at an in-school STEAM/Science Expo.

Tobias Benn, NTC Managing Director, said live theatre was a great way to educate and inspire students to participate in solving global problems.

“The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters,” Mr Benn said.

“We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them and inspires them to participate in the follow up hands-on STEM based learning with the LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 kits.”

Schools can register their interest for the Waste World program at www.wasteworld.com.au.

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City

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