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Growing Sustainable STEMs - Stages 2 & 3

For millions of city-dwelling Australians it can be a challenge finding space for a garden. City gardens offer solutions to real world problems: biodiversity loss, pollution, fresh food supply, warming environments, well-being and much more! 

In this virtual session, students will work with a Gardens Educator to identify environmental challenges in cities and explore potential solutions through a range of vertical garden designs used in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. After the excursion, students will be challenged to use the design process in designing their own sustainable garden that will survive and produce food in a small space! 

Learning Activities

  • Students will develop an understanding of why gardens in the city are important by exploring a variety of vertical garden designs   
  • They will experience the construction of a small space garden that provides food through live demonstration, before engaging 21st Century thinking skills to begin designing a small space garden for their home or school using recycled materials!  
  • Students will also address the challenge of garden designs in highly urbanised areas 

Stages

Stages 2 & 3 Science

Location

Rathborne Lodge

Duration

1 hour

Cost

Click here. Discounts apply for multiple class groups booked into the same session

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Key Content
  • Develop an understanding of why gardens in the city are important 
  • Address the challenge of garden designs in highly urbanised areas 
  • Explore a variety of vertical garden designs 
  • Experience the construction of a small space garden that provides food through live demonstration 
  • Engage 21st Century thinking skills to begin designing a small space garden for their home or school using recycled materials! 
Syllabus Outcomes

Focused Syllabus Outcomes 

SCIENCE 

  • Plans and uses material, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity (ST3-2DP-T) 

  • Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things (ST3-4LW-S) 

Supported Syllabus Outcomes 

SCIENCE 

  • Explains how food and fibre are produced sustainably in managed environments for health and nutrition (ST3-5LW-T) 

  • Selects and applies appropriate problem-solving strategies, including the use of digital technologies, in undertaking investigations (MA3-2WM)

Plan Your Virtual Excursion
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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 

  • ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
  • ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG6)
  • demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
  • inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.

                    

We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.