Powerful lessons

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Year 5 and 6 students Liam Nutz, Mylee Sinclair and Alisha O'Rourke are learing how to code as part of Western Power's circuit breakers program.
Camera IconYear 5 and 6 students Liam Nutz, Mylee Sinclair and Alisha O'Rourke are learing how to code as part of Western Power's circuit breakers program. Credit: Chloe Fraser

Hillman Primary School Year 5 and 6 students are putting their thinking caps on, undertaking an engineering outreach program and learning about the different ways of making power.

More than 150 schools applied to be part of Western Power’s Circuit Breakers program, but only 30 were selected.

With help from Western Power engineers, students will explore new technologies and develop knowledge and skills with a focus on electrical engineering and coding using micro-bit computers.

As part of the program, students will create an innovative working model of a future city, complete with forms of renewable energy. The school’s final model will be displayed at a Science Fair at Scitech in November.

Teacher Fiona Nutz said the program was a great way to spark students’ interest in STEM disciplines and a career in engineering.

“At the moment they are learning about different types of electricity and how to code,” she said.

“This type of physical science gets them problem-solving and thinking more creatively.

“A lot of jobs are STEM-based as well so these are the skills the kids will need in the future.”

Ms Nutz said the school would also use the 30 micro-bit computers provided by Western Power in follow-up lessons with students who were not involved in the program.

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