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Sustainable Solutions on Farms Incursion

(120 minutes per lesson)

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Lesson One: Biodiversity, Adaptations and Solutions to Support Sustainability

(VCSSU073, VCSSU074, VCSSU075, VCSIS082, VCSIS084, VCSIS088, VCDSTC035, VCELY366, VCDSCD039).

Students will have the opportunity to engage in learning about the importance of biodiversity and protecting it in all ecosystems. They will identify concerns in agriculture and suggest ways that we have control over these concerns. Students will work as a team to perform a first-hand investigation related to the independence of living and non-living components of an agricultural environment. They will learn about adaptations and how living organisms interact with the environment. Finally, students will use elements of Design Thinking to problem-solve a task and create a prototype of a fantasy farm organism that is super adapted to provide food or fibre in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way.

Lesson Two: Agroforestry and Sustainable Solutions for Design

(VCDSCD038, VCDSCD039, VCDSCD040, VCDSCD041, VCDSTC035, VCELY366, VCELY337, VCSSU073, VCSSU074, VCSSU075).

Students will have the opportunity to hear from two Victorian producers about the operations that occur on their sheep and agroforestry farm. Students will learn about agroforestry as a solution to supporting sustainability in agriculture and develop an understanding of interdependence within a farming system. Students will apply their design skills to create their own farm logo and will work collaboratively to explore the ways materials from trees can be used as sustainable alternatives for design, by creating a prototype of a toy using materials from trees.