Oct 22, 2019In The Community

Celebrating earth science week in Onslow

Chevron Australia are committed to powering the next generation of innovators, improving education outcomes in regional communities and encouraging STEM engagement across WA.

As part of Earth Science Week 2019, school students in Onslow enjoyed a hands-on experience exploring earthquakes, volcanoes, soil, and more with a visit from Earth Science WA (ESWA) this week.

The two-day visit provided an opportunity to expand delivery of existing Chevron education to employment programs in the communities where the company operates.

ESWA CEO Jo Watkins said the sessions were catered to students’ year levels and what they are currently working on in class.

“We spent time with students from kindergarten to year 12 trying out hands-on science activities relevant to the area of science they’re currently studying,” she said.

“It brings another context to their STEM learning with cool stories and interesting connections that help to make the classroom activities come to life.”

Sessions covered topics including earth and space science, volcano building, exploring for gold and more.

One group even built structures engineered to withstand an earthquake. These were then tested using an earthquake generator to check the stability of each.

“The students were really engaged and totally fascinated which is great to see,” said Jo.

Chevron has partnered with ESWA for the last two years to help improve the quality of earth sciences and increase STEM interest and outreach amongst WA students and teachers.