Future Zoo I Terms 3 and 4 2020

Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$19 per student


Monday to Friday Terms 3 and 4 2020

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students



Boost your Year 5-6 curriculum by teaching STEM and Business & Economics through real-life scenarios.

This unique program is part of the Term 3-4 2020 STEM Design Challenge.

Werribee Open Range Zoo is in the process of creating a 30 year plan by dreaming up new ways to care for animals, both at the Zoo and in the wild.

Your students will help Werribee Zoo solve this future big STEM challenge:

  • Keepers need ideas for the hippo habitat and ways to communicate about animal welfare.

When you visit Werribee Zoo, your students will conduct research and use their scientific observation skills to deepen their understanding. They may also start to brainstorm solution ideas.

Back at school, students will work in teams of up to six people and choose one of the challenges to focus on. The Teaching Guide will help you use an engineering framework called Design Thinking, which helps teams quickly translate their ideas into prototypes.

Students will:

  • Learn how a Zoo designs habitats for animals
  • Develop their animal welfare knowledge
  • Use Design Thinking to generate, produce and test their solutions
  • Develop their creative thinking and growth mindset​

You don’t need a STEM lab or special materials to teach this fun and innovative challenge. Some teachers use this program to teach a whole-term unit while others use it as a special 2-3 week program. The choice is yours!

After completing their prototypes, students can also enter the Term 3-4 STEM Design Challenge competition. Entries close on Friday 20 November 2020.

Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50am – 10.05am) 10 minutes
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher 30 minutes
Safari bus tour 40 minutes
Keeper presentations 30 minutes
Zoo research  1-2 hours


Learning outcomes

Business and Economics

Identify types of resources (natural, human, capital) and explore the ways societies use them in order to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (VCEBR003)

  • Students will learn real-world examples of how Werribee Zoo funds its care for animals

Identify the reasons businesses exist and investigate the different ways they produce and distribute goods and services (VCEBB006)

  • Students will become familiar with the services that Werribee Open Range Zoo provides the community and the environment

Make decisions, identify appropriate actions by considering the advantages and disadvantages, and form conclusions concerning an economics or business issue or event (VCEBE010)

  • Students will use a Design Thinking process to weigh up decisions and create solutions for Werribee Open Range Zoo
Design and Technologies

Generate, develop, communicate and document design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD039)

  • Students will use Design Thinking to identify, generate, grow and test their ideas
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 develop their creative thinking skills through the development of their own solutions

Plan your excursion 

Bring what students need to record their research e.g. written notes, drawings, photographs, voice memos, short videos, diagrams. They will also need to dress for the weather.

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff via the Members Express Lane to arrange payment. More information

Book your excursion

Call (03) 9340 2788

You will need the following to book your excursion:

  • Education program of your choice
  • Preferred excursion date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level