Earlier this month we received an email and some photos from Regina Menz of the Catholic Schools Office in Armidale, NSW. Regina is an Education Officer (Curriculum 7 – 12) and has been using the STELR Renewable Energy kits in secondary schools. She wrote to tell us about another use of the STELR wind energy equipment in a program involving indigenous students from across the Armidale Diocese, known as the ‘Wii Gaay’ program. Wii Gaay means ‘The Clever Child’ in the Gamilaraay Language. The program began in the Armidale Diocese in 2002. It is a primary school program aimed at effectively identifying indigenous students with high academic potential and then addressing the issues perceived to contribute to the underachievement of these students.
As part of the program children in Year 4 - 6 attend residential camps each year. At this year’s first camp, Regina used the STELR wind equipment with the students as part of their science activities. Regina reported that the students were excited and engaged and loved the activities. She also said: The kits are amazing I have been using them with a range of schools and our high schools love them!