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Operation STEAM Clean the Bay

St Columba’s: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay

St Columba's: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) aims to transform our landscape, curriculum and leadership projects – activating our community to care for the Bay, connect everyday decisions to Bay health and ultimately improve it. It is a 3 year project that started in July 2017 and will finish June 2020. 

St Columba's Primary School - a 5Star ResourceSmart School is committed to advancing their community-wide sustainability leadership - is located in the seaside suburb of Elwood and wants to improve the current environmental health of Port Phillip Bay.

Operation STEAM Clean the Bay (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) aims to transform their landscape, curriculum and leadership projects - making people think about and connect the health of the Bay to everyday life.

Operation STEAM Clean the Bay project includes:

  • Redesigning front facing landscape (rain garden, erosion-proofing, drought-proofed gardens, stormwater management) to reduce and address Bay's health threats

  • Learning/sharing Indigenous historical and scientific knowledge of our bayside ecosystems with the Boon Wurrung Foundation, Port Phillip EcoCentre, and guest career speakers from Bay-related fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

  • Conducting community engagement activities including signage, artwork, community clean-up days, Climate Change Choir that all increase awareness of the Bay’s environmental health and value.


Volunteers and members of the community participate in the project via:

  • Assisting at community/school service events

  • Taking part in local career speaking opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (as they relate to the Bay)

  • Enjoying the enhanced amenity value of the Bay and the improved exterior / community garden area outside of St Columba's

  • Engaging with community engagement initiatives (educational signage, artwork, Climate Change Choir, media outreach).


Partnerships between community groups/organisations are encouraged via: 

  • Learning and sharing Indigenous historical knowledge of our bayside ecosystems with the Boon Wurrung Foundation, Port Phillip EcoCentre, and guest career speakers from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math as they relate to the Bay

  • Conducting community engagement activities – including community cleanup days, Kids Teaching Kids conference, Climate Change Choir visiting local kindergartens, media outreach - that encourage involvement

  • Encouraging and recognising pro-bono support of tangible works

  • The sharing of project outcomes with other schools in Victoria via ResourceSmart Schools, and with the broader community through the Green Team blog.

Operation STEAM Clean the Bay is funded through the Victorian Government's Port Phillip Bay Fund, is delivered by St Columba’s Primary School Elwood and is auspiced by Port Phillip EcoCentre. 


For more information please contact Port Phillip EcoCentre schools@ecocentre.com or 9525 3102
 

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The EcoCentre acknowledges the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and elder members of our multicultural community.

We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.