Earth is about to become a barren wasteland covered in mountains of trash. Are we about to become a Wall-E society? Waste, and particularly plastic waste, is having a major impact on our environment.

Did you know that in Australia, on average, we use 130 kg of plastic per person each year and that only 9% of that is recycled. More frightening still is that up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic finds its way into our waterways and into the ocean. In this ‘STEAM Ahead’ conference, students will participate in a virtual excursion to REPLAS, Australia’s leading mixed recycled plastic manufacturer who provides innovative solutions for plastic waste. Students will then undertake a series of investigations/experiments about plastics, engage with Reef HQ via video conference to learn about the impact of plastics on our oceans, and in particular, on turtles, and undertake a design challenge to create solutions to our waste problem.

High ability students and students with a passion for the environment are encouraged to become part of this program.

Date: Tuesday 13th September 2022
Time: Session 1: 9.30 – 12.30pm
Session 2: 11.30 – 2.45pm
Year Level: 3-4
Venue: Video Conference
Maximum number per school: 20

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Teachers can select either session 1 or session 2.
Session 1
Prior to event: Students watch the film ‘Wall-E’
9.30am – 10.30am Introduction to the day
Guest Speaker – Christie O’Neill from REPLAS
10.30am – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00am – 12.30pm Design Thinking Workshop & Survey
Session 2
Prior to event: Students watch the film ‘Wall-E’
11.30am – 12.30pm Introduction to the day
Guest Speaker – Christie O’Neill from REPLAS
12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 2.45pm Design Thinking Workshop & Survey

Featured Experts

Christie O’Neill:  Education Officer, REPLAS

Christie is the Education Officer for Replas Recycled Plastic Products located in Victoria. Christie completed a Bachelor of Science through Monash University with a double major in Environment Science / Geoscience and honours in Economic Geology. From her degree, Christie developed a keen interest in the environment and sustainability. Christie has 15+ years working in waste management, mostly in the retail sector. She has been running recycling tours at the Replas Environmental Centre for two and a half years now and really enjoys sharing her knowledge on recycling and sustainability with everyone who comes to visit the centre. In her spare time Christie enjoys spending time with her hubby and 2 young boys, camping and (attempting) to grow vegies!