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Adaptation is a science program 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. 

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:

  • ST3-4LW-S examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things

  • ST3-1WS-S plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summaries data to communicate conclusions

  • ST3-2DP-T plans and uses materials, tools, and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity


The WILD PLAY Discovery Centre


2 Hours


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