STEM Design Challenge | Animals at Home

Help solve real zoo problems with our STEM Design Challenge, Animals at Home.

Design solutions for animals featured in the Animals at Home live streams! F-10 students will use their STEM skills, knowledge and an engineering framework called Design Thinking. They are also invited to share a video of their design with their peers and Zoos Victoria. This program is part of Zoo Education Online.

See below for the resources you need to take part in our Animals at Home STEM design challenge. 

Resources for students

STEP 1: Download your student workbook

Begin by downloading your student workbook that you can follow to complete the program.

STEP 2: Choose your design brief

Choose which animal you'd like to focus on and download its Design Brief.

Keeper Liz needs new enrichment ideas for a Little Penguin.

Keeper Georgie needs new enrichment ideas for a Rothchild’s Giraffe.

Got a question? Talk to a zoo expert!

Student webinars will help you talk to zoo experts. You will need a computer or device to use Adobe Connect, headphones and a keyboard to type your questions. You don't need a username or password.

More webinars will be added over time so check back here for new dates.

Little Penguin Webinars

Primary Students:

  • Tuesday 31 March 2.30-3pm AEST
  • Tuesday 7 April 2.30-3pm AEST

Secondary Students:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2.30-3pm AEST
  • Wednesday 8 April 2.30-3pm AEST
Rothchild's Giraffe Webinars

Primary Students:

  • Thursday 2 April 2.30-3pm AEST
  • Thursday 9 April 2.30-3pm AEST

Secondary Students:

  • Friday 3 April 2.30-3pm AEST
  • Thursday 9 April 3.30-4pm AEST

Resources for teachers

Your Teaching Guide includes Victorian Curriculum links and step-by-step instructions. Add the Student Workbook to your own online learning system or send your students to this website. Read answers to  Frequently Asked Questions.

Need some extra help? Want to keep updated on the Challenge? Join the Zoos Victoria Teacher Tribe on Facebook to chat with zoo staff and other teachers.

Share your video (optional)

Use this form to share the link to your YouTube video with Zoos Victoria. We'll add it to the Student Playlist on YouTube (coming soon).

Copy and paste the website address of the video you've uploaded to YouTube