During term 3, YYLC students focused on the health of our local Simon Creek and the impact we are having on it through recent developments in our area. Students conducted water monitoring to gather information and evaluate their findings.
In Term 2 Edmond from the City of Whittlesea along with our Yan Yean Learning Community teachers supported students from YLC to work on a Young ICT Explorers project.
Students from years 4,5 and 6 have been using buttons on the BBC Microbit to control the opening and closing of airlocks in a space station created in Minecraft-Pi. The students had to code the BBC Microbits in Micropython and use Python3 on the Raspberry Pi. Teachers selected a representative project to enter the Young ICT Explorers competition.
As a result, our students have been invited to attend the Young ICT Explorers Victoria judging event on Saturday the 8th of September 2018 at Deakin University.
Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects. Find out more about the program here
Jane Burn from CERES came to our school and worked with the students to conduct a Biodivesity Audit around our school grounds. The students were divided into 8 groups and went off with their clipboards, magnifying glasses, specimen jars, binoculars, maps and audit sheets to collect their data.
The audits were based on – 1. Tree measurements
2. Understorey structure
3. Environmental weeds
4. Organic litter
5. Logs, rocks and soil management
6. Habitat extras
The students were very excited to explore their daytime habitat and find and discuss all the living creatures that call it home. During term 3 we will be involved in an in-depth investigation of Simon Creek with the help of the Darebin Creek Management Committee.
In the Yan Yean Learning Community we now have an Aquaponics system containing two Southern Pygmy Perch which are fish local to our waterways. Edmond the Stormwater Management Coordinator from the Whittlesea Council has established this extraordinary fish tank with the help of our students. The students have been very excited to learn about how aquaponics works and really enjoyed helping Edmond put the system together. Each day we have monitors that feed the fish and all the students are excited to see our vegetables growing so quickly. Our end goal is to regularly harvest our crops and eventually release our fish into our local creek (with permission from the Victorian Government). We are all very excited to be part of this sustainability process that impacts the community we live in. Below is a brief description of how aquaponics works.
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and hydroponics which is growing plants without soil. Aquaponics uses these two systems, where plants are fed by the discharge or waste from the fish. In return, the vegetables clean the water to keep the fish healthy. The result is a perfect collaboration between fish and plants.
Aquaponics is a big hope for sustainable organic crop production, aquaculture and water consumption. The fish waste is recycled and used for plant growth instead of throwing it in the ocean. The water is recirculated which means less water is needed in the system.
We spent an hour at Simon Creek with Peter and Therese from Darebin Creek Education Program, the students became real life water scientists by investigating the health of the water from the creek. We used samples of water from the creek and measured the temperature, pH, salinity and turbidity (cloudiness) using a scientific testing kit. We had great discussions about the results and possible effects of high pollution levels.
We are estimating the distance between two points in millimetres before we measure with our rulers to find the actual distance.
YLC have been working hard completing set tasks on Reading Eggs
Students have been reading a range of texts in YLC and creating some amazing work.
We have been working hard on our writing and can now including both a simile and the 'Power of 3'
Yan Yean students have been learning to use similes in their writing.
We have been learning to use the 'Power of 3' to enhance our writing.