Students are presented with real life problems in your local government area and invited to explore the green spaces at your school. They’ll assess the tree canopy, and be inspired to set their own hypothetical scenarios for preserving and growing the urban canopy at your school. We’ll discuss designs for a project to address the issues, and create a plan to pitch their ideas.
Students are shown the Millennium Kids Treasure Map online, then we get outside and explore the school’s green spaces. Students look closely at plants, animals and other features of the area, and choose 10 to include in their map. This workshop teaches students how to develop field notes from their observations, organise and represent data, and communicate ideas and findings.
Students explore the green space at their school, with guidance from the Millennium Kids citizen scientist. They’ll use tools to develop observation skills, and learn about the living things that play important roles in nature. Students will then identify an aspect of the patch to focus on — e.g. habitat or seasonal plants — and research the issue to develop a plan for improvement.
Students explore the green space at their school and come up with their own big questions; can increasing canopy cool our school? What does that bird eat? Is this plant important? What was here before? Once the big questions are identified, we research and plan a project to address them. We’ll help you think about your project, what the aim is, and how to make a change in your school or community.