Stirling North Primary School learns about solar thermal

EDUCATION: SolarReserve Communications and Government Relations Manager Louise Foote, students Chloe and Lainie, and Year 3/4 Teacher Jesse Cairns.
EDUCATION: SolarReserve Communications and Government Relations Manager Louise Foote, students Chloe and Lainie, and Year 3/4 Teacher Jesse Cairns.

Students from Stirling North Primary School put their renewable energy knowledge to good use by thinking of solutions for real-world problems that SolarReserve could face during the construction of the Aurora Solar Energy Project.

After educating students on renewable energy, SolarReserve representatives gave Year 3/4 students the task of coming up with ideas on how to manage dust, keep the mirrors clean and build the tower.

Students built models using a wide range of materials, while also writing up an explanation of their solution.

Some of the students’ innovative ideas included using giant squeegees and high-pressure hoses to clean the mirrors, building a stairwell to get up the tower, and planting fauna and grass to keep the dust down.

SNPS Year 3/4 teacher Jesse Cairns said the purpose of the project was to teach students about something that is happening in their community.

“I think it was very relatable to them because they’ve either had family work at the power station or lived in Leigh Creek and seen the coal trains, or just driven past the power station every day,” she said.

SolarReserve Communications and Government Relations Manager Louise Foote said she was blown away by the work that the students had put together.

“It’s amazing that they have an awareness about what is happening in their community,” she said.

“We didn’t want to just go in and do a one-off talk, we wanted it to be engaging for students and linked in to their curriculum.”

In addition to learning about the Aurora Solar Energy Project, SNPS students also toured the remains of the Augusta Power Stations site.

Year 3 student Lainie Wilson said she enjoyed learning about the different types of energy.

“I think renewable energy is better than non-renewable energy because renewable energy is better for the environment, it doesn’t run out and it will provide jobs for lots of people,” Lainie said.

“I enjoyed doing the project and I found it fun. It was a challenge and I like challenges.”

SolarReserve will display some of the models in its field office on 45 Commercial Road.