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Year 7s shine at Green Heart Future Brisbane Challenge - 18 April 2017

As part of the World Science Festival in Brisbane, a team of ten Year 7 girls participated in the Green Heart Schools Future Brisbane Challenge on Friday 24 March. The girls had to apply to attend the challenge by researching inventions that humans have used to provide clean water. The challenge focused on solving the potential water problems of the future in innovative ways.

The team started their day exploring the market stalls that taught them about a variety of water related concepts. They learnt how what we flush down the toilet has a big impact on our sewage system, and they touched some ocean creatures with Ocean Life Education. They met Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who made them laugh when he encouraged them to make bunny ears in the group photo, and taught them about the structure of a Rubik’s cube.

The official proceedings began with Tony Auden from Channel 7 News introducing the topic of water security, followed by a talk by Dr Karl. The crew from Street Science then kicked off the day with a bang (literally) as a balloon full of helium gas was set on fire!

Once the session officially began, the girls were presented with their design scenario:

As water supplies diminish, the government plans to pipe water from Far North Queensland to South East Queensland. This plan requires land acquisition and is likely to impact on water quality elsewhere. How might we minimise the conflicts that this may cause?

The girls were guided through the design process to create a storyline and come up with a solution to the problem. They constructed their solution and recorded a video to pitch their idea to the competition judges.

The team worked excellently together to produce a very interesting solution, and we look forward to hearing how we go when the results are released!

Caitlin McDonald
Middle School Investigation Theme Leader