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Adaptation is a science excursion offering students an inquiry-based opportunity to study one of Sydney’s largest urban Flying Fox colonies and consider how to solve some of the key threats to their habits and survival. This session can also include an activity around biomimicry. 

Location

The WILD PLAY Discovery Centre

Duration

2.5 Hours / Can be extended to full day sessions

Cost

Stage 3 Science

Students will conduct a field study into animal adaptation and survival via a key threatened species: the Grey-headed Flying Fox. They will then solve the problem of heat stress on the animals via modelling and construction.

Adaptation activities:

  • Using a scope to observe and record the behaviour and adaptations of a flying fox

  • Using natural loose parts, invent and construct a prototype to reduce the temperature in the wetlands and the impact of heat stress on flying fox colonies

  • Complete scientific field testing (biotic and abiotic) and then use their data to determine the impact of the flying fox colony on the wetlands environment.

Curriculum links and syllabus outcomes:

  • ST3-10LW describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment

  • ST3-5WT plans and implements a design process, selecting a range of tools, equipment, materials and techniques to produce solutions that address the design criteria and identified constraint.

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