Project Description

A Sustainable World

Explore how human actions have placed the earth’s resources under immense strain. Learn how we can manage waste and the earth’s life-sustaining resources to build a better future for all. Students discover clean, green energy and engage in generating usable electricity to illuminate lights and run a fan. Let’s work together to make a positive impact in the world!

  • Level: Suitable for Level 3 to Level 6.

  • Duration: Available in a 60 or 90 minute format. We recommend a 90 minute format if budget and timetabling constraints allow.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: ONLY AVAILABLE IN VIC.

Learning Outcomes

  • The ozone layer plays an important role in regulating the temperature of the Earth.

  • Plant growth is affected by temperature and humidity.

  • Material choices have a huge impact on the world we live in. 

  • Humans can reuse, recycle and reduce.   

  • Materials behave differently when interacting with the environment.

  • Microplastics have a huge impact on our environment.

  • Generating energy that lessens the environmental impact.

  • How clean energy is generated.

  • Discoveries are constantly being made that can help lessen our environmental impact. 

Activities

  • Students conduct an experiment to model the greenhouse effect.  They measure and record changes in temperature over a period of time, then collate and discuss their results.  Students gain a clear understanding of the role that the ozone layer plays in regulating the temperature of the Earth.

  • Students conduct an experiment with biodegradable packaging material to observe how it dissolves and breaks down compared to non-biodegradable packaging.  

  • Demonstration and group discussion about the impact that plastic has on our environment.

  • Students explore the different ways of generating energy that can reduce the impact on the environment.

  • Students will learn about clean green energy and see how movement energy can be transformed into other forms of energy.  

  • Students construct and test a hand powered generator to make usable electricity to light up light globes and power fans.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Students work in pairs to create a mini greenhouse and seed samples to grow under different conditions.  Explore how plant growth is affected by temperature and humidity.  

  • Explore the impact that plastic has on our environment – microplastics.

Victorian Curriculum Links

  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081)

  • The interconnection between food production and land and water degradation; shortage of fresh water; competing land uses; and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world (VCGGK135)

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (VCSSU100)

  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (VCSIS070)

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and  community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)

  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify  patterns and trends (VCSIS069)

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