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Young agriculturalists and scientists awarded

21st Aug 2018

Learning about the land has beared fruit for young agriculturalists and scientists at The Rockhampton Grammar School who have been recognised nationally for understanding the structure of plants of their habitats.

Mrs Sonya Whitehead’s Year 4 class was among only 15 schools awarded by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Hermitage Research Facility Schools’ 2018 Plant Science Competition.

Participating in a Game of Drones agriculture competition, students acquired insight into what drives research and development.

“Growing plants is the best way to learn about them,’’ she said

With the help of 4W intern Miss Hilary Fay, the students kept scientific journals about seeds, made critical observations and recorded details about plant growth. It required creativity, problem-solving, mathematics and the use of precise, descriptive language.

Earlier this year the same children won a Social Educators’ Association of Queensland local government project award for their video submission. They were tasked with unravelling what local governments do for their communities.

“They used their IT, writing and acting skills to create the video entry,’’ Mrs Whitehead said.

“It was a real-world task and hooked the students’ interest right from the beginning on a topic that could be classed by some as unexciting.”