Project Description

Global Sustainability

The phenomenal population boom in recent times has put the Earth’s resources under considerable strain. Learn how we can better manage waste and the Earth’s life sustaining resources to build better future for all.

  • Level: Available for Level 1 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

  • How human activity impacts the balance of natural processes and cycles on our planet.

  • Being sustainable means using fewer resources and using resources that are renewable or recyclable.

  • The composition and function of the Earth’s atmosphere.

  • The Greenhouse Effect: what it means and the consequences to life on Earth.

  • In Australia, we generate much of our electricity by burning coal which, in turn, produces greenhouse gases. There are alternate ways to produce electricity that do not produce greenhouse gases such as wind and solar.

  • New ‘biodegradable’ materials that easily break down are being produced by scientists, such as plastic and nappies.

  • Oil spills are a devastating form of sea pollution and are difficult to clean up. There are certain polymers that soak up oil, however they are only useful for small-scale spills.

  • Scientists test our drinking water for pollution. They use chemicals and equipment to remove dangerous substances, and they also check that it is not too acidic or basic.

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.

  • Demonstration of using solar or light energy to power an electric device.

  • Students mix water with biodegradable packaging material to observe how it dissolves and breaks down. They compare this with traditional, non-biodegradable packaging.

  • Demonstration of how improvements in materials can reduce the amount of waste generated.

  • Students get to test an oil-absorbing polymer (polypropylene).

  • Students test different water samples with an indicator, and observe the behaviour of the indicator in acids and bases.

Victorian Curriculum Links

  • People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)

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

  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (VCSSU047)

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

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (VCSSU060)

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

  • 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)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Explains how the properties of materials determines their use for a range of purposes (ST3-7MW-T)

  • Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations (ST2-1WS-S)

Australian Curriculum Links

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things. (ACSHE035)

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

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

  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (ACSIS025)

  • Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS055)

  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS057)

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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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

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Presenter did amazing at accommodating the needs of our disadvantaged youth.

Caretaker's Cottage Chemistry Chaos January 15, 2021

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The program was well presented and a great extension to the work we had been doing in class.

Kangaloon Public School Senses November 13, 2020

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