Running a Zoo
Take your Year 9-10 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|
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
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
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
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