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Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers are thinkers, makers and innovators. Circuit Breakers are students who look differently at the world around them, and find ways to bring their ideas to life.

Circuit Breakers is our exciting engineering outreach program for primary school students in years 4 – 6.

This STEM program for primary schools situated within our network, will help develop knowledge and skills with a focus on electrical engineering using 3D printers.

20 schools have now been selected to take part in Circuit Breakers in 2018. Find out if your schools was among them here

More information about the program, can be found below.

Program overview

The program focuses on a variety of aspects of the Western Power network each week exploring what it takes to provide electricity to your community, is safe and reliable, as well as exploring new technologies that are changing the way we look at electricity supply in the future.

Equipped with this new  knowledge classes will be challenged with a project to work on, based around the future of our network. Each class will present their ideas and findings at our Science Fair on Thursday 25 October. 

Course materials

Each successful school will be provided with all of the materials to complete the program including two 3D printers per school. This includes all learning guides, lesson plans, digital resources, printers and consumables required for 3D printing, as well as technical support throughout the program.

Examples of previous resources can be found in the teaching resources section. 

Engineer support

You will have access to a Western Power engineer who will regularly meet with the class to share their knowledge of our network and assist with any technical information as required.

Unsuccessful applicants and schools with existing printers will be able to access course materials via the Western Power website. 

Session days and times

There is no defined time or day that the program must be delivered, the only requirement is that each lesson is delivered before the Science Fair. This is up to the discretion of each school in consultation with your allocated engineer. 

Student diversity

Reflecting Western Powers' commitment to diversity in our workforce and reflecting the diverse community we service, students selected for participation should also be reflective of your schools community. With the exception of single sex schools, program participants should include both girls and boys. 

Actions that encourage gender equity and equality in STEM, will help to change the declining trend of girls pursuing STEM related occupations at a higher level. Circuit Breakers is developed with this in mind and aims to attain strong involvement by female students.  

Science Fair

On completion of the program all schools will join together at the inaugural Western Power science fair, to present their learning and completed projects. A fantastic opportunity to learn from peers and extend their learning further.

This event is a non-competitive opportunity for students to share their work and gain experience with public speaking and presentation.

3D printers

To assist with the advancement of STEM and digital literacies in primary schools, each school that completes the entire program and participates in all aspects including training and culmination event will be eligible to keep their 3D printers and integrate them into their learning environment.

Professional Development

As a condition of participation each school will be required to provide up to two staff members to undertake professional development, learning more about how the program will run and how to use a 3D printer in a classroom. This session will be an opportunity to meet with your allocated Western Power engineer and make connections with other teachers taking part in the program.

This session will be held on Tuesday 24 July. The session is proposed to run throughout the school day so considerations should be made for relief. Food will be provided. 

Teaching Resources

Below are links to all resources supplied as part of the Circuit Breakers program. Resources are designed for students in years 4 - 6. 3D print files can be used with any 3D printer. All schools are welcome to undertake the program in their own time.

Teaching and learning guide - Includes lesson plans, useful links and background information required to deliver the Circuit Breakers program

Student Journal - For use by students throughout the program to document their learning

3D print files - All files required to complete the program and print your own version of the Western Power network

 

For support using the teaching resources email energyeducation@westernpower.com.au

Eligibility criteria

Your school is eligible to apply if it meets the following criteria:

  • Located within our network (See map)
  • Can commit to attending events set out in the key dates
  • Can commit to weekly lessons for up to 30 across years 4,5 and 6

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Selection criteria

Selection of schools Circuit Breakers will be undertaken by the program steering committee. Members will be judging applications based on the following criteria. 

  1. Impact - What benefit will involvement have on your school?
  2. STEM initiatives - What current STEM based activities does your school undertake?
  3. Innovation - A creative idea for what your school could 3D print to make a difference to your school or community.
  4. Location - Is your school located in an area considered a reliability hotspot?
  5. Future - How do you intend on continuing to focus on STEM in your school?

Key dates

 Applications open 

14 May 2018

Applications close

22 June 2018

Successful applicants notified and learning guides sent

29 June 2018

Professional development and program launch

24 July 2018

Program commences

30 July 2018 

Western Power Science Fair

2 November 2018

Videos

For more information contact out Community Education Specialist at energyeducation@westernpower.com.au .