Bushfire education

We are currently developing a brand new Child and Youth Bushfire Education Program for childcare centres, kindergartens, primary or high schools, OSHC/Vac Cares or any youth teams. If this interests you, we are looking for groups who are keen to engage in a pilot program with us.

To get in touch, please contact our Child and Youth Project Officer, Belinda Dunbar on belinda.dunbar@sa.gov.au or during office hours on (08) 8115 3324.

CFS at the South Australian Science Teachers Association Conference

In April, the CFS attended the annual South Australian Science Teachers Association Conference and spoke about ‘Bushfires and Science in Disaster Resilience Education’. The theme of the conference was ‘Science: Saving the Planet’ which aimed to inform and inspire delegates with current research and practices in the fields of science, as well as in the classroom. We spent time discussing the importance of disaster resilience with an all hazards approach and ways in which an understanding of bushfire risk can contribute to young people’s survival and resilience in bushfires.

Links were made to the Australian Science Curriculum with STEM project ideas that integrate across the curriculum. Participants also spent time investigating bushfire concepts by using the burn tray which simulated aspects of basic bushfire behaviour such as incline, fuel load and wind.

View our presentation which includes background information on bushfires and possible links to the Science curriculum.

The rate of spread on inclines
The rate of spread on inclines
Multiple ignition points and their natural attraction to one another
Multiple ignition points and their natural attraction to one another

The Oliphant Science Awards

This year, the CFS and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience are proud sponsors of the poster category for SA’s largest science competition, the Oliphant Science Awards.

Poster titles include Bushfire Safety and Indigenous Land Management. It will also involve awarding two prizes for entries that are the most inspiring or innovative with a community safety and natural hazards theme (one primary and one secondary student entry).

We have written two blogs to support students when entering the poster category. You can read more about Bushfire Safety Tips and the Science of Weather and Bushfire.

To learn more about the competition, visit www.oliphantscienceawards.com.au

BTN Ask a Reporter with Sarah from CFS

Following on from the Behind the News segment, Sarah spent time at the ABC answering important bushfire questions from students all over Australia. This was called Ask a Reporter, a segment which provides students a chance to ask BTN reporters questions via a live stream.

Watch Sarah answering many students’ questions: AAR: Bushfire Survival Plan - Classroom - BTN (abc.net.au)