Running a Zoo
Take your Year 5-6 curriculum to new heights by focusing on real-life STEM and economic challenges at the zoo.
This unique program is part of the Term 1-2 2020 STEM Design Challenge.
Every dollar that visitors spend at Werribee Open Range Zoo funds work in animal conservation. The Zoo spends this money on research, breeding programs, habitat protection and other animal projects.
Your students will help Werribee Zoo solve this big STEM challenge:
- The Zoo Shop Manager needs a new product to raise money for endangered African animals
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.
- Learn how a not-for-profit organisation raises funds for animals in the wild
- Apply their skills and understanding through Project Based Learning
- 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 1-2 STEM Design Challenge competition. Entries close on Friday 19 June 2020.
|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|
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 Open Range Zoo funds animal conservation
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
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
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