For National Science Week 2017, John Curtin College of the Arts Year 7 students are building solar power lamps to send to disadvantaged communities in Asia to help raise awareness of the importance of sustainability.

Working with SolarBuddy Australia, the students are building a solar light and learning about the positive impact of renewable energy on communities living in energy poverty.

Year 7 student Gauthami Cumaran Sivagnanam said that the solar light project was an exciting program to teach students about energy use in different countries.

“It’s so important to not waste energy, and so many countries don’t have enough energy to cook or read once the sun goes down,” she said.

“We can give opportunities to those who are less privileged than us as sending them a light can make such a difference to their life.”

When students build the light they learn about electrical circuits and solar technology and on completion the light is sent with an accompanying letter to students in a community in need.

The Buddy2Buddy schools program connects communities across the globe and assists students develop a deeper understanding of energy poverty and the challenges faced by children and families living in developing countries.

The theme for this year’s National Science week is Future Earth, which focuses on Australia’s sustainability science, with an emphasis on issues unique to Australia.

Year 7 student Meg Gibson said the theme encouraged taking positive actions to make a direct contribution to the earth becoming more sustainable.

“It’s important for our future earth because we have to take control on what happens now for our young people.”

Other activities at John Curtin for the week include a recycled fashion workshop, a sustainable music festival, and a clothes swap market.


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