Session 606

Title: A Powerful Partnership

Presenter: David Smith and Brad Crossman – Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Type: Showcase

Duration: 60 mins

Overview: The Powerful Partnership workshop showcases the Powerful Project, an annual project-based learning program for the Turramurra Learning Community that focuses on species conservation. Over 300 Year 4 students from four local primary schools are partnered with 40 Year 9 mentors from Turramurra High School with the aim of connecting students to the natural world. Through the term long project, the students learn about animals that live close by (backyard buddies) and develop ways to protect the species and habitats into the future. Lead by the mentors and working with small groups of year 4’s, the student group’s work together to develop a product that is displayed at a final community expo. During the workshop, the participants will: – learn about how the Powerful Project evolved and a model that could be replicated in other community of schools – learn about the project-based nature of the Powerful Project and the STEM activities students undertake – develop an understanding of how syllabus outcomes are achieved within a community project – gain an understanding of the techniques used to enable Year 9 students to lead the project.

Target Audience: K – 12 Teachers & Executive

Requirements: Nil