EcoFair 2012 School’s day activities announced!

The 2012 desertSMART EcoFair schools day is going to be great!

If your school is planning to participate, please be sure to:

1. Learn more about the day on the Information for Schools & Students page, here.
2. Register your school using the online form here.
3. Register each class using the online form here.

Activities planned for the schools activity day include the following:

Energy Efficiency in Action

Alice Solar City

Altering people’s behaviour in the way they use electricity is a key element of promoting energy efficiency. Join Alice Solar City for a role-playing
workshop to look at how to reduce electricity use by changing behaviours at home. See how far your energy budget will go by deciding on what actions to take when using different appliances, and figure out ways to encourage family and friends to reduce their electricity use through behavioural change. This activity will encourage students to think about how their actions at home and at school have broader implications for their energy use and the environment.

Suitable for Upper Primary, Middle and Senior Classes


A Habitat Survey of Olive Pink

Land for Wildlife

You don’t have to travel to the rain forests of the Amazon or the coral reefs of Australia to discover biodiversity. Just
walk out the door, and you’ll find an amazing diversity of life in our own backyards. In this activity, students will
have a chance to explore the diversity of life at Olive Pink. They’ll also get an introduction to how scientists size up
the biodiversity of an area—and the importance of micro-habitats to biodiversity.

Suitable for Upper Primary, Middle and Senior Classes

Bilby Vs Bunny Tug-O-War

Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert animals like Bilbys have to struggle to survive when introduced competitors like rabbits take over their

Suitable for Upper Primary, Middle and Senior Classes

Water Smarts

Alice Water Smart

Water is a fundamental necessity for life, health, community development and maintenance of Biodiversity. We cannot live without it. Water is especially significant in Central Australia as we are one of the driest regions on the continent. But, our water supply is being used faster than it can naturally replenish. Despite this Alice Springs has one of the highest per capita consumption rates in Australia and even the entire world. School students will learn about the connection between water and energy, where our water is coming from, about where in the home most of our water is going, and simple changes that can
save Alice Springs lots of water. Expect thrills and spills of education mixed with fun

Suitable for all Class Levels

How to be a Boss Ranger

NT Parks Service

An introduction into the roles that Parks plays in and Wildlife biodiversity conservation and why they are important.

There are many different types of parks and many different issues and pressures that affect protected areas. Students will participate in a small group, hands-on activity which explores these issues.

Suitable for Upper Primary, Middle and Senior Classes

Waste Recycling Management and Reuse

Centralian Senior College – Centre for Excellence

The students have prepared a display of materials which are recycled in India. The proposed activity would provide students with some clean waste materials from the average home in Alice Springs which they can then sort to decide which can be recycled here. The older groups will complete a tally chart and calculate how much money could be raised by recycling. The second part of
the activity is looking at reusing waste materials. Students have made jewellery and a dress out of reusable materials to inspire younger students to have a go at making something out of reused materials.

Suitable for all Class Levels

Where Does Your Lunch Come From? (Food Miles and Climate Change)

Alice Springs Community Gardens Network and desertSMART COOLmob

This activity will help students make concrete links between the food we eat and climate change/environmental issues through exploring what is in common foods, how/where food is produced, how it gets to us, and what emissions are produced in this process.

Older Primary/High school students will take items from a ‘shopping basket’, to work out where they have come from on a map (geography), and how much carbon pollution has been created in the transportation process (maths). Healthy local alternatives will be discussed and explored (SOSE). High school students will have the option of looking at ingredient lists on processed
foods to engage with the complexities for processed foods, and associated food miles/carbon emissions.

Younger primary school and below will engage in making a large group salad as a concrete way of discussing healthy food, and fresh, local produce as opposed to food being brought long distances (not fresh therefore less healthy).

Suitable for all Class Levels

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