Digital Program | STEM for Sustainability

Year levels

Year 7, Year 8

Cost

$180 per class of 30 students. Credit card payment at time of booking. Cancellation must be made at least 10 business days prior to your booked workshop. If not, a cancellation fee of $180 will be invoiced

Availability

Monday to Wednesday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 30 students

Level up your curriculum by finding solutions to real-world environmental problems at Melbourne Zoo.

Program description

Each program includes a 30-minute online workshop with a Zoo Teacher and a teaching guide filled with activities for your scope and sequence. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have direct access to your own expert Zoo Teacher and unique zoo content.

Melbourne Zoo is continually reducing its impact on the environment. It was the first zoo to become carbon neutral by reducing energy use, changing buildings and investing in forest carbon offset projects. In this program, Year 3-4 students will use their STEM knowledge and skills to help solve a big challenge, "The Sustainability Manager is seeking new and creative ideas for generating electricity at the Zoo".

Your students will conduct research to deepen their understanding. They will work in teams to brainstorm ideas for one animal and choose an idea to prototype and test. This program uses an engineering framework called Design Thinking and you don't need any special materials.

Students will learn:

  • Sustainability and electricity at Melbourne Zoo
  • How to reduce our environmental impact
  • How to use STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills

Want to come face-to-face with our incredible wildlife and extend your students' learning in their environment? Book in an excursion to one of our three amazing zoos.

Program sequence

Before your online workshop

Connect   

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students curiosity before their online workshop. Read through the Design Brief with students to introduce them to the big challenge.

During your online workshop

Connect and Understand 

Students will conduct research and use their scientific observation skills to deepen their understanding of sustainability and electricity at Melbourne Zoo.

After your online workshop

Understand  

Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning.

Act

Use the Teaching Guide to bring design ideas to life and enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

Program resources

STEM for Sustainability Teaching Guide *coming soon* 

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3-4

Science

Science knowledge helps people understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056) 

  • Students will apply science skills to design environmental solutions 

Forces can be exerted by one object on other through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)

  • Students will look at how forces can be applied to moveable objects to generate electricity
Design and Technologies

Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD029) 

  • Students will use Design Thinking to generate, grow and test their ideas and prototypes 
Critical and Creative Thinking

Investigate a range of problem-solving strategies, including brainstorming, identifying, comparing and selecting options, and developing and testing hypotheses (VCCCTM020)

  • Students will learn how to use each stage of Design Thinking to develop their own creative solutions

Victorian Curriculum 5-6

Science

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073) 

  • Students will apply science skills to design environmental solutions 

Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081) 

  • Students will discover and utilise different ways to generate electricity 
Design and Technologies

Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD039) 

  • Students will use Design Thinking to generate, grow and test their ideas and prototypes 
Critical and Creative Thinking

Investigate how ideas and problems can be disaggregated into smaller elements or ideas, how criteria can be used to identify gaps in existing knowledge, and assess and test ideas and proposals (VCCCTM031) 

  • Students will learn how to use each stage of Design Thinking to develop their own creative solutions

Victorian Curriculum 7-8 

Science

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU089) 

  • Students will apply science skills to design environmental solutions 

Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat, light, chemical energy and potential energy; devices can change one energy from one form to another (VCSSU105)

  • Students will explore opportunities where kinetic energy could be captured and transformed into electricity
Design and Technologies

Generate, develop and test design ideas, plans and processes using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD050) 

  • Students will use Design Thinking to generate, grow and test their ideas and prototypes 
Critical and Creative Thinking

Consider how problems can be segmented into discrete stages, new knowledge synthesised during problem-solving and criteria used to assess emerging ideas and proposals (VCCCTM042) 

  • Students will learn how to use each stage of Design Thinking to develop their own creative solutions

Victorian Curriculum 9-10

Science

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries (VCSSU115) 

  • Students will use existing science knowledge and understanding to find solutions and create novel inventions that help Melbourne Zoo generate electricity 

The description and explanation of the motion of objects involves the interaction of forces and the exchange of energy can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (VCSSU133)

  • Students will identify and use the motion of objects to exchange energy from kinetic to electric
Design and Technologies

Apply design thinking, creativity, innovation and enterprise skills to develop, modify and communicate design ideas of increasing sophistication (VCDSCD061) 

  • Students will use Design Thinking to generate, grow and test their ideas for zero emission electricity generation 
Critical and Creative Thinking

Investigate the kind of criteria that can be used to rationally evaluate the quality of ideas and proposals, including the qualities of viability and workability (VCCCTM053) 

  • Students will use a Design Brief and Assessment Criteria to guide their thinking and develop their own creative solutions 

Online workshop details

Your Online Workshop will be hosted on Zoom.   

All you need is a computer or device with internet access. It’s great if it also has a web cam and mic but that's not necessary.

Students can also communicate with a Zoo Teacher by typing in the Chat box.  

We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.

Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.  

Book now

Please call 1300 966 784 to book.