The WASP STEM packages have been designed so that teachers from different STEM areas can pick and choose sections relevant to their subject area to work on. All activities in these packages do not need to be completed to get value for them – each activity can be completed as a stand-alone or can be approached, as a team, as a larger project. The packages have potential to be extended into much longer projects to include curriculum points from different STEM subjects.
There are three student workbooks - Open, Guided and Scaffolded, that go alongside each resource; all have the same suggestions for activities, however, they have been written and edited to provide differentiated learning options to support good teaching practice. Teachers may pick and choose which versions they give which students, and may wish to edit them further to address their learning needs.
The Student Challenge
As the global population increases more food will be required but there will be less space to grow/produce it. To cope with the demand, farmers currently do things like add fertilisers to their soils, to produce a larger yield. However, fertilisers can leach into the groundwater and be carried long distances, effecting much more than just the intended area. To cope with the demands for space, methods such as vertical farming and the use of hydroponics systems are being utilised more and more.
Your task is to investigate the impacts of these methods of farming and to evaluate their suitability for use in your local area considering social, environmental and economic issues.
Investigating the Health of your Local Lake
Modern Methods of Farming
The Student Challenge
One of the consequences of climate change that is projected to impact a large number of people globally is sea level rise. The effects of which are already being felt by some in Australia. With the majority of the country’s population living near the coast, it is imperative that there is forward planning to help reduce the impact of rising sea level on Australia’s population. Your role is to analyse evidence, research the effects and impacts and investigate means of mitigation of sea level rise in Western Australia.