Future Zoo I Terms 3 and 4 2020

Year levels

Year 7, Year 8


$19 per student


Monday to Friday Terms 3 and 4 2020

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students



Put Year 7-8 students’ STEM and business skills into practice by solving real-zoo problems.

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

Explain the reasons why and the ways in which individuals and businesses set, prioritise and plan to achieve financial and organisational goals (VCEBC014)

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

Explore and observe the characteristics of entrepreneurs and successful businesses (VCEBB015)

  • Students will become familiar with the services that Werribee Zoo provides the community and the environment
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
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 seek out problems and synthesise their thinking to develop their own creative solutions

Personal and Social Capability (optional)

Perform in a variety of team roles and accept responsibility as a team member and team leader, assessing how well they support other members of the team (VCPSCSO041)

  • Back in the classroom, students will be working in groups of up to 6 people and will be expected to collaborate during the Design Thinking process

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