Scientist in school

A Victoria University researcher has been explaining the magic of water science to primary school kids.

Associate Professor Mikel Duke from the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation visited Sydenham-Hillside Primary School on May 16 to talk water science with 80 grade 6 students. The interactive day included membrane filtration experiments, which Associate Professor Duke said the kids were excited to be a part of.

"I was quite impressed at how enthusiastic the kids were to learn about science, water quality and water treatment," he said. "They were continuously asking very good questions!"

This school visit was part of the researcher's ongoing partnership in the CSIRO Scientists in Schools program, which aims to increase interaction of working scientists with school kids to give examples of careers in science and how scientists work to tackle major societal issues.

At Sydenham-Hillside Primary School, grade 6 teacher Lynne Comben said the students had been learning about water treatment as part of their science program. After the visit by Associate Professor Duke they are required to build their own filtration model, test it and present it to classmates.

But it's not only school children that Associate Professor Duke has been spreading news of water science to: recently he featured in an ABC Radio National story on successful trials of ceramic membrane technology being hailed as a "game changer" in the safe and sustainable re-use of wastewater.

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