Robyn Cahill from Columboola Environmental Education Centre teaching Year 6 students Darcey Tait, Christie Lyons and Jessica Mullaly how to harness wind power.
Robyn Cahill from Columboola Environmental Education Centre teaching Year 6 students Darcey Tait, Christie Lyons and Jessica Mullaly how to harness wind power. Sophie Lester

West School kids go green

AS THE planet heats up, solar power, wind energy and other renewables are becoming more attractive energy resources.

Year 6 students at Warwick West State School learnt all about electricity and alternative fuel sources during a visit from the Greenlab last week.

Led by the Columboola Environmental Education Centre, the science excursion involved showing students electrical circuits.

"This is really a follow-up to our classroom science that's been looking at renewable energies," teacher Sharon Gimm said.

"With all this talk about climate change and the impact of carbon it's important leading into the future that our kids understand there are other energy sources than burning coal and fossil fuels.

"This is the first time the Greenlab has come to West but hopefully not the last - we don't have these facilities in our ordinary classroom and it's great, hands-on learning that extends their information more than I ever could just talking about it."

Columboola Environmental Education Centre principal Sean Mead said the excursion held at Warwick West helped kids learn about the potential of renewable energy through fun activities.

"So set up on the oval we had the pedal-powered television, a solar-powered oven and water heater, and a hydro power station," Mr Mead said.

"Inside we also have some wind turbines set up (with fans) and we're showing the kids electrical circuits.

"The lab itself is in partnership with Griffith University and Toohey State Forest and runs off solar power, so you can hook up different apparatuses to it.

"In Australia, as much as 80% of our power is from burning coal and we've already seen the environmental effects of carbon emissions It's important kids are learning these things because if we don't start changing how we are producing and using energy there will be irreversible damage."



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