Students at The Hall State School have been working with the CSIRO (from left) Tess, Jesse King, Lindy-lou Brown, Blake.
Students at The Hall State School have been working with the CSIRO (from left) Tess, Jesse King, Lindy-lou Brown, Blake. Contributed

The Hall State School students explore indigenous history

AS the world's oldest continuous living cultures, Indigenous Australians are renowned for their historic and enduring high-level science inquiry skills.

The Hall State School is participating in a program that brings Indigenous and western science knowledge together to help all students engage more with science and improve grades.

Australia's premier science organisation, CSIRO, in partnership with the BHP Billiton Foundation has been working with the school to conduct hands-on science inquiry lessons with an Indigenous context for the benefit of all students.

"The students have been investigating traditional Indigenous cooking methods focussing on how cooking changes states of matter, like water turning into steam," said CSIRO project officer Jesse King.

"We're using the best approach to teaching science which involves students learning through doing under the guidance of the teachers," he said.

The students are finding out about Australia's traditional owners and their culture while also learning valuable science skills that will set them up for their futures.

"We are pleased to be working on the program and want to see more students pursuing science careers.

"This has been a fantastic first stage in inquiry-based learning with science for our Year 5/6 class. The skills that they have gained will continue to be developed as we enter the next stage of the project in Year 6 in 2016," said The Hall State School Principal Mrs Lindy-lou Brown.

The school celebrated what the students have achieved so far with an event on Thursday 10 September 2015, where they were provided with their feedback and shared their learning with school administration.

The Hall State School is the only primary school in Rockhampton participating in the program but CSIRO are looking for more schools to get involved in the program next year.

To get your school involved, contact Jesse King on jesse.king@csiro.au or 07 4753 8502.



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