Year levels

Year 9 & Year 10


$19 per student


Monday to Friday Terms 1 and 2 2020



For a limited time only, your students will combine their learning of STEM and Business through real-life scenarios. This program is part of STEM Design Challenge 2020 (Terms 1 and 2).

Introducing Werribee Open Range Zoo's STEM Design Challenge 2020: Running a Zoo.

When you walk through the gates of Werribee Open Range Zoo, every dollar you spend raises money for animal conservation. The Zoo spends this money on research, breeding programs, habitat protection and other animal projects.

In this program, you and 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, a STEM educator will share behind-the-scenes stories about African animal conservation. Your students will develop their scientific observation skills and their understanding of sustainable design. They will also conduct their own Zoo research and start to brainstorm ideas.

Back at school, students will work in teams of up to six people. The Teaching Guide will help you teach using an engineering framework called Design Thinking, which will help students quickly bring their ideas to life.

Students will:

  • Learn how a not-for-profit organisation raises funds for animals in the wild
  • Explore sustainable design
  • 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 are welcome to enter the STEM Design challenge competition. Entries close on Friday 19 June 2020. Learn more about prizes, assessment criteria and how to submit entries at

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


Program resources

Learning outcomes

Business and Economics

Explore the nature of innovation and discuss how businesses seek to create and maintain a competitive advantage in the market, including the global market (VCEBC014)

  • Students will learn real-world examples of how Werribee Open Range Zoo funds animal conservation

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

  • Students will become familiar with the services that Werribee Open Range 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