Litter bugs celebrate creative reuse

IT was a day of bug building at the South Hobart Tip Shop when more than 80 children and their families gathered for a series of workshops run by the Resource Work Cooperative.

Litter Bugs is an interactive taxonomy workshop for children and their families, set in a bug filled environment.

Led by entomologist Shasta Henry, the participants learnt about the characteristics of insects, how to identify them on the fly and how to make anatomically correct models using materials destined for landfill.

Resource education coordinator Brooke Everingham said the project brought children and their families together to explore and enjoy the wonders of science.

“It was amazing to see how children and their families came together to participate in such a genuine way and there was something in the workshops for all ages and abilities,” she said.

“By using materials destined for landfill (rubbish), we also exposed our cross-generational participants to the sustainable practice of creative reuse and recycling.

“Hosting the workshops here onsite at the South Hobart Tip Shop allowed us to expose them to the reality of waste management and the intense need for minimisation activities like this.”

The Litter Bug Workshops were delivered with funding assistance from The National Science Week Seed Grant.

Caption: The Resource Work Cooperative recently held a number of Litter Bug Workshops to teach children and their parents about the importance of reuse.