This competition allows students to explore the nature of science, particularly the part of the science curriculum that involves ‘investigating in science’. This asks that students build on prior experiences, working together to share and examine their own and others’ knowledge. They also ask questions, find evidence, explore simple models, and carry out appropriate investigations to develop simple explanations. (TKI, science curriculum)
The title of the challenge was ‘Reservoirs and Relationships’ and we were asked to explain how natural geothermal features are inter-connected with human uses of geothermal resources, including electricity generation. Because we can see this happening from our school each and every day, we wanted to have a go.
It was a busy two weeks as students researched and refined their knowledge of how geothermal power stations work. They also had to raid their recycling and bring materials from home. The trickiest part was working with a group - cooperating and learning to work with others’ ideas. Development of the key competencies, such as Participating and Contributing, was at the forefront.
Then came the fun part - building, gluing and painting! Each group also had to include written explanations of their design considerations and an explanation of their model and its features, including how heat and steam is generated and why this is deemed renewable. A photo, video or physical model of their constructed geothermal system then had to be provided.
Our teams were:
Ducky Squad - Andy, Reid, Rikihana, Izak (Room 8)
Geominecraft - Sukhraj, Grayson, Lucas, Zayn and Luka (Room 8)
Power Monkeys - AJ, Jacob P, Tom (Room 8), Paddy (Room 2)
Steam All The Way - Alyssa, Gracie, India, Sophie (Room 8), Avery (Room 7)
Geogurls - Sienna, Mackenzie (Room 8)
Geothermal Dragons - Josef, Stanley, Declan (Room 2), Hector (Room 8)
Many thanks to whānau for their assistance with materials, to Chris Berriman and Whaea Angel for the time spent supporting learning in this project, and to Fiona Miller from Amplify Geothermal.