Project Description

Food: Different by Design

Explore the National Science Week 2021 theme with our Food: Different by Design. Learn about where food comes from and the future of food technology and sustainable agriculture.

  • Level: Available for Foundation through 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: VIC, NSW, ACT & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • Humans need food to live and as the population grows, we need increasing amounts of food.

  • Human activity impacts the environment and affects how well plants and animals can grow and survive.

  • Different types of scientists are constantly discovering new ways to meet the growing need for food around the world.

  • Plants can be bred to have different features, such as the ability to survive better in harsh environments.

  • Humans have always relied on scientific research to improve crop yields and to find new sources of food.


  • Students participate in a visual demonstration of how the world’s population has grown over time.

  • Students learn about how food crops have changed over time by completing a matching activity.

  • Students grow seeds in different environments to understand the importance of soil health.

  • Students use sugar cubes and water to learn about erosion and how it impacts the land.

  • Students have the opportunity to taste a food of the future – insects!

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Students compete in a fun STEM challenge related to food development.

Victorian Curriculum Links

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

  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

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

  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (VCSSU062)

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others (VCSIS054)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas (ST1-1WS-S)

  • Identifies how plants and animals are used for food and fibre products (ST1-5LW-T)

  • Recognises observable changes occurring in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources (ST1-10ES-S)

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS215)

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)




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Anneliese engaged the students really well. They were thrilled to be able to take home snow and the UV bead keyring.

Kangaloon Public School Wicked Weather March 22, 2021

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Lisa from Mad About Science is absolutely brilliant (so is the whole team really!). She was amazing with the kids, great with our kids with additional needs and just ran the experiments in a wonderfully fun and interactive way. I couldn’t recommend Mad About Science highly enough.

Etelka Ronc Birthday Party March 20, 2021

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Dale was fantastic! The students were so engaged and loved the range of activities he did with them. Thank you for an excellent, informative and fun day!

Living Faith Primary School Natural Disasters January 21, 2021