Matt McKenzie, the Principal of the Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre, recently conducted the Annual Environmental Education Centre workshop for teachers. Over 100 teachers from the 24 Environmental Education Centres across NSW attended. The workshop involved sharing educational experiences and learning exciting new learning techniques to teach students about environmental science.
The Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre is a NSW Department of Education & Communities (DEC) facility that aims to provide school groups with a range of curriculum-based activities educating them on the environment and sustainability.
ICT International was honoured to be asked by Matt McKenzie to contribute to the workshop. Alec Downey, Head of Plant Science Applications & Research for ICT International, presented a session on the Smart Trees-Smart Kids Project which focuses on plant water relations and how to measure water use in trees using the SFM1 Sap Flow Meter. All the teachers were fascinated by the sophisticated technology and scope measuring tree water use has for asking and answering a vast and complex array of environmental questions. The teachers are all looking forward to incorporating such an exciting topic into their curriculum.
After the workshop, Alec Downey and the teachers all gathered together to plant a tree to mark the event by enhancing the biodiversity of the surrounding woodland of Thalgarrah.