Sharing the environment through tech

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15 December 2023

Public school life

Budding environmental researchers from Brentwood Primary School have unveiled their interactive signs around Blue Gum Lake Reserve.

Science extension students spent more than two years researching local fauna and flora, and with support from the local community and experts, created videos that can be accessed via 20 QR code signs located around the lake. 

The idea came from science specialist teacher Michelle Pyzik who wanted to utilise the lake in her teaching but noticed limited signage about the local environment.

Brentwood Primary School students created interactive signs about the local flora and fauna.

“I realised ‘I’ve got no idea what is here’. I looked for some signs and there was nothing around,” Ms Pyzik said.  

“That inspired me to apply for the [City of Melville] Project Robin Hood to receive funding to be able to create these QR code signs that are around the lake today.” 

By scanning one of the 20 QR codes, it takes the user to a video where they can learn about a different aspect of the lake’s environment. 

The students at Brentwood Primary School spent time researching, filming and taking photos, writing scripts and even lending their own voices to the videos. 

Daphne is in Year 6 and voiced the narration for two videos, one on spiders and the other on oblong turtles.  

“I enjoyed doing the narration for the QR code, and I like that it will last a long time,” she said.  

Year 6 student Amy said she knew there were lots of plants in the area, but was surprised to learn about all the little plants that can be found. 

“I really liked going to Blue Gum and visiting the places we were talking about and actually seeing them in the natural environment,” she said. 

Ms Pyzik said it’s important for the students and community to have basic knowledge and understanding of what’s in their area. 

“What this project is supposed to promote, or what it will eventually promote, is community engagement and more people learning about this area, and why we should be conserving this area and protecting these species,” Ms Pyzik said. 

“It’s nice because the QR codes mean we can keep updating this stuff with new information, and I’m learning from it as well. Community feedback is fantastic.”