The Woodside Australian Science Project (WASP) is an initiative supported by Woodside Energy Limited and Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA). It aims to support the delivery of the Earth Science component of the Australian Curriculum by providing;
Teaching packages full of hands-on experiments and fun activities with, student worksheets and teacher guides (available on this website)
Professional development sessions to support the implementation of these packages (throughout Western Australia and at Australian Science Teacher Conferences)
Hands-on incursions for students to engage them with the earth science content relevant to their year level.
Multimedia resources to enrich the teaching of this content including the WASP App (available on iTunes), animations (available on YouTube) and online quizzes.
STEM learning packages to engage students with real world earth science problems and the STEM approach to solving them.
Official Launch of the Project
On Tuesday 2nd of July, 2013 the official launch of the Woodside Australian Science Project was held at Caladenia Primary School.
Representatives from ESWA, Woodside, the resources industry and educational organisations jointed the staff and students of Caladenia PS for an interactive demonstration of what the project has to offer.
The official launch of the project was completed by the Honorable Peter Collier, Ministerfor
Education MLA and he took the opportunity to praise the project and to reflect on his experiences as a teacher.
Woodside’s Senior Vice President Health, Safety, Environment and Technology, Shaun Gregory stated “Our success as a State is highly dependent on increasing our understanding of the sciences, and in particular earth science, as we seek to maximise the opportunities we have in natural resources.’
Dr Jim Ross, Chair of ESWA explained that “...it is essential that we engage people early and foster their interest so that they can one day contribute to the knowledge base and skills bank that we need in Western Australia.”
Invited guests were treated to a range of demonstrations by Marie Evans' Year 6 Primary Academic Course students including, how sediments are dewatered, what porosity and permeability means, how to filter water with a sari and how to grow bacteria on an agar plate.
An enormous thank you must go to the staff and students at Caladenia Primary School for the time, effort and enthusiasm they put into this important launch function.
Photos courtesy of Ross Swanborough Photography