Sunshine Coast Council has presented the 2012 Kids in Action conference, a two day event full of engaging, hands-on activities for students to learn about the importance of a sustainable environment.
Kids in Action is for students in grades 5-9 and promotes “kids teaching kids” as an effective form of learning. Two hundred and seventy students from 18 schools across the region will participate in the event on 29 -30 August.
This project has been funded by the Sunshine Coast Environment Levy.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the event is a great opportunity for students from different schools to interact with each other and share their own environmental research.
“Kids in Action is a good chance for the kids to learn from each other – I think they have been quite excited at the prospect of teaching students from other schools about environmental topics that are important to their school and community,” said Cr McKay.
“Council strives for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region and I can’t think of a better way to ensure that our local environment has a sustainable future, than for the next generation to learn about its importance.”
The first day of the forum was held at Lake Kawana Community Centre and included guest speakers and a workshop presentation by schools, whereby the students will teach each other about their environmental topic.
The second day, held at Cahill Scrub Bushland Reserve in Peachester, gave students the opportunity to further develop their skills and help our local environment with real, interactive activities including water testing, nest box construction and a hands-on riparian restoration activity.
The forum closed with music performances and carnival activities at Kawana.