Students gaze into science of mining
East Waikiki Primary School and Safety Bay Senior High School students have teamed up to learn about mining and processing as part of the inaugural Earth Science WA Mining Science Fair.
About 70 Year 5 primary school students visited Safety Bay Senior High School last Thursday to participate in a series of hands-on activities hosted by a range of Perth-based mining and processing companies. Earth Science WA, Gold Road Resources, Process IQ and ALS shared their expertise in six activity rotations throughout the day, focusing on geology, safety, environment, gold panning, froth flotation efficiency and mill efficiency.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and councillors Joy Stewart, Lee Downham, Matthew Whitfield and Andy Burns also attended.
East Waikiki Primary School principal Luke Clatworthy said he hoped the Science Fair would grow to involve more schools.
“Our students really enjoyed the hands-on science-based activities and learned more about mining, geology, processing, drilling and rehabilitation,” he said.
“This leads to a better understanding and appreciation of mining and the career opportunities in mining and exploration.”
Safety Bay Senior High School principal Alen Kursar said it was great to see students engaging in a a range of primary resource production processes.
“It was a pleasure to host Year 5 students,” he said.
“They learnt a great deal through these hands on activities and got a taste of what high school can offer.
“We look forward to hosting future Earth Science Fairs.”
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