The STELR team travelled to Wadalba on the New South Wales central coast last week to celebrate Wadalba Community School as the 600th school to sign up to the STELR program. The Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) FTSE and Mrs Linda Hurley were special guests. At the formal presentation His Excellency spoke of his childhood passion for science and experimentation and encouraged students to follow STEM careers. A set of STELR Renewable Energy equipment was officially handed over to the school by the Governor and Belinda Grealy from STELR’s principle sponsor Orica, who, along with the Australian Power Institute, donated the STELR kits for Wadalba Community School.
The Chair of ATSE’s NSW Division, Dr Richard Sheldrake AM FTSE presented a certificate of appreciation to the school. During the visit, the Governor and Mrs Hurley, an ex-primary teacher, toured the school observing year 4 students learning about states of matter by making ice cream; watching the year 9 students undertaking investigations into wind and solar energy using the STELR kits and finally talking to the year 11 physics students who have completed year 12 medical physics units.