A new classroom at 兰士湿地 is bringing science to life for high school and university students with hands-on experience of storm水质检测 and monitoring.
该 Oaklands Education Centre is the first university-led laboratory in South Australia for schools, government agencies and environmental groups to conduct practical water experiments while learning how 湿地s work.
该 $200,000 partnership between the City of Marion and Flinders University will also see testing methods developed to monitor the quality of 雨水 due to be fed to the near通过 Tonsley Innovation District to irrigate plants, run air conditioning, and flush toilets.
该 centre contains a classroom for up to 25 students, a 场站 with direct access to the 湿地, and kitchen.
Marion Mayor Mr Kris Hanna said the centre was a welcome addition to the site.
“Marion is the new 家 for education, re搜索 and studies into 湿地s,” Mayor Hanna said.
“学生们, environmental groups and re搜索ers now have access to a new facility that will improve understanding of how to make the best use of our most precious resource.
“The Oaklands Education Centre combines with the adjacent skate park, rotunda, trike track and 湿地 to be a drawcard for the region. 该 site is bringing people of all ages 关 to nature to learn, relax and have fun.”
Flinders University water expert Professor Howard Fallowfield, an aquatic microbial ecologist who lectures in 环保健康 at the College of Science and Engineering, says the new centre provides an opportunity for schools, community groups and re搜索ers to get a better understanding of how 湿地s can reduce 水污染 and offer benefits for near通过 communities.
“该se facilities are free to use and give our researchers practical opportunities to conduct re搜索 which ensures 湿地 water is safe for its intended use in the City of Marion,” says Professor Fallowfield.
“In an SA first, the new centre also offers the unique opportunity for high school classes to be led 通过 our PhD students using modules designed for the SACE课程. 该y will have the ability to tailor packages to the educational needs of students in years 9 -12.
“Hopefully this positive first-hand experience in the field inspires more students to consider future tertiary education and career pathways in 干学.”
该 Oaklands Education Centre, located at 237-265 Oaklands Road at Oaklands Park, next to the Warradale Army Barracks, officially opened with a free community event also featuring the ‘unveiling’ of the new $640,000 rotunda and precinct funded 通过 the Marion Council and the State Government.
Completed in 2013, 兰士湿地 is fully operational facility and treats up to 400 million litres of 雨水 each year.
Stormwater treated at the 湿地 is used to irrigate more than 30 council reserves.