Under the microscope

Students will be seeing things a lot more clearly following the donation of four microscopes to schools across the Northern Agricultural Region.

Dongara District High School, Morawa District High School, Strathalbyn Christian College and Geraldton Senior High School were all recipients of a state-of-the-art microscope, donated by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) this week.

Strathalbyn Christian College’s Helen Arundell with students James Beck, Horatio Hogan, Oliver Easton and Rolan Deutekom of NACC, test out the microscope.
Strathalbyn Christian College’s Helen Arundell with students James Beck, Horatio Hogan, Oliver Easton and Rolan Deutekom of NACC, test out the microscope.

NACC CEO Richard McLellan said the microscopes would be a great addition to any school’s science department.

“The microscopes donated to the schools are surplus to NACC needs and we believe they will now be used to their full potential,” he said.

“NACC made enquiries to other partner organisations to determine whether they would require the equipment for project -related work.

“In the absence of this need, we believe these schools were the best fit. Initial contact was made with schools participating in NACC projects and those that had expressed a need for the equipment.”

Paige Macgregor and Kira Smith take a look at some slides through their new microscope with Science teacher Claire MacPherson.
Paige Macgregor and Kira Smith take a look at some slides through their new microscope with Science teacher Claire MacPherson.

He said the new equipment would help build on science education in the region.

“NACC sees this as an opportunity to help build capacity in the field of science education,” Mr McLellan said.

“It is hoped that schools would utilise the equipment to supplement and develop activities that expand the knowledge of students of what exists in the natural world especially that which is not visible by the human eye.

“Schools serve as the best place to lay the foundation of our next generation of scientists.”

Geraldton Senior High School science teacher Claire MacPherson, one of the recipients of the donation said the school had been eyeing up a new microscope for some time.

“This is a very welcomed and appreciated donation,” she said.

“We have been wanting to get a new microscope but haven’t had the budget for it so this will.

“We could not have never foreseen this donation, and we know the students will really be able to make the most of using this equipment.”

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