Life s a gas for clever carbon schoolchildren
Desiree Burndheart and Macey Fimmano from St Anne's Primary School recapture carbon as part of the national CCS Conference. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

WA students used bottles and balloons at Crown Perth yesterday to test their knowledge of emerging carbon capture technology.

More than 160 primary and high school students took part in a challenge to demonstrate what they had learnt about carbon capture and storage as part of a national conference.

Students from St Anne's Primary School in Harvey demonstrated CarbonKids projects, including how to make carbon dioxide using an empty soft drink bottle, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and a balloon.

Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute chief executive Brad Page said the Federally funded group worked in partnership with the CSIRO on the CarbonKids education program.

"We aim to better support teachers to explain to students the science of carbon capture and storage technologies and the social, political and environmental reason CCS exists," he said.

"The institute is committed to improving knowledge, understanding and awareness of CCS and its potential to make a significant contribution to reducing global greenhouse gases.

"The St Anne's students have shown us that they have gained an excellent appreciation of CCS through the CarbonKids program and had a lot of fun as well."

Mr Page said carbon capture and storage was one of many technologies used to tackle climate change.

The West Australian

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