2019 Winners of the Zoos Victoria STEM Design Challenge!
Congratulations for Year 3/4 students, Dylan, Ngoc, Amy and Danny for being the winners of the Zoos Victoria STEM Design Challenge. Zoos Victoria set a challenge for students to help zookeepers improve the wellbeing of Lemur and Meerkat populations at Melbourne Zoo. After meeting and learning from zookeepers, their challenge was to imagine and built a 3D prototype that would promote Meerkats' natural behaviour in order to enhance their wellbeing while living in captivity.
Our winning team designed a small feeding island in the middle of a pond. This enclosure enrichment will allow meerkats to exercise while jumping from rock to rock and stay alert to avoid getting wet as they don't like water. Three Y3/4 and three Y5/6 teams entered the competition. They have all been complimented for their team spirit, insightful thinking and creativity.
The Melbourne zookeepers have been inspired by the 3D model of our winners and plan to incorporate the idea of the prototype into their future thinking. Their feeding pond will be built by experts and presented to the Meerkat enclosure.
The winning team have been invited to Melbourne Zoo for a “behind the scenes” experience.
Fighting Extinction Schools Showcase
Our Y5/6 have been selected by Melbourne Zoo to present their Lemur and Meerkat enrichment prototypes to the public during the 2019 Fighting Extinction Schools Showcase.
It was a very good opportunity to meet with Melbourne zookeepers to receive feedback and advice in order to develop further their concept and refine their prototypes.
2019 Merit Award at the Science Talent Search Competition!
We congratulate our 24 students in Foundation, Y1 and Y2 for receiving the collective Merit Award at the Science Talent Search Competition for their transdisciplinary project.
In order to face the challenge of global warming and rising oceans, our students designed a floating village to address the problem of the sinking island of Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean. They were inspired by the Vietnamese floating villages of Ha Long Bay and the Peruvian floating villages on Lake Titicaca.
For their floating village to be sustainable, they also imagined:
a floating seawater desalination system
floating vegetable gardens
a vertical wind farm
a wastewater bio-purification system using oyster production under floating houses
a floating chicken coop
a natural coral park for breaking the waves around the floating village
an underwater museum to allow Tuvalian people to keep accessing
the land of their ancestors when it will be fully submerged in the future.
Beyond exploring the principles of buoyancy, our students' creative and scientific thinking was challenged to find engineering solutions to the survival needs of the Tuvaluan people.