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Caring for Climate and Change – Excursion

How is electricity generated? What are the causes and effects of climate change? How can we contribute to a more sustainable and just world?

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Join our expert educators to understand the connection between energy production and climate change. Students will discover how electricity is generated, understand the impacts it has on climate change and the important role renewable energy plays, and discuss political and social solutions (systems change) to increase agency and empowerment in students. Our educators will guide students through problem solving and action planning to create change within their school community and explore solutions to create change at school or home.

Through a variety of hands on activities your students will:

Years F-2

  • Discover energy; what it is, the different types and how it is used in our daily lives
  • Understand the impacts that fossil fuels have on the environment, and how renewable energy is a solution to power our homes and communities
  • Discuss how energy is used in the home and how simple changes in behaviour can reduce our home’s energy use and carbon emissions

Years 3-6

  • Discover what energy is, how it can be transformed, and how nature provides us with limitless sources of renewable energy
  • Understand the impacts that fossil fuels have on the environment, and how natural systems have shifted over time due to their use
  • Discuss the global ecosystem, and how human activities have created a global tipping point

Years 7-8

  • Understand the impacts of the different energy sources on the climate, with a focus on fossil fuels and renewable energy
  • Investigate how renewable energy provides an unlimited source of energy to power our homes, communities and industry
  • Discuss the political and social solutions (systems change) of generating energy to increase agency and empowerment

Years 9-12

  • Discover how sustainable building design can reduce household and community emissions and help restore natural systems
  • Discover how the extraction and use of fossil fuels have impacted the carbon cycle and created a climate emergency
  • Discuss the social, political and ecological impacts of human behaviour on the climate and how solutions framework can reverse global warming

You’ll receive a school teacher guide, including instructions for optional activities to do before and after your excursion at CERES to get your students thinking, discussing and actively contributing to a world that is environmentally sustainable for all living creatures.

Years F-2

  • Students understand what energy is and the different forms energy comes in
  • Students describe the importance of decreasing fossil fuel use for the health of the planet and how renewable energy sources (such as wind, solar PV, solar thermal, hydro and biogas) can be harnessed to generate electricity
  • Students understand that decreasing energy use in the home is important and suggest ways to reduce their energy consumption

Years 3-6

  • Students will discover how energy is generated across the globe to power their homes and communities
  • Students will connect to Earths’ natural resources and natures’ cycles by understanding the impact that fossil fuels have on the climate and environment
  • Students will learn how global systems can work in harmony with nature’s systems to mitigate the effects of climate change

Years 7-8

  • Students will evaluate how different forms of renewable function, and how they can be applied to their community
  • Students will connect to Earths’ natural resources and natures’ cycles by investigating how the generation of fossil fuels has impacted the carbon cycle
  • Students will manipulate the global ecological systems and how social, political and ecological solutions can restore nature systems

Years 9-12

  • Students will investigate how community generated power can stabilise Australia’s energy grid and force a clean energy path
  • Students will connect to Earths’ natural resources and natures’ cycles by understanding the impact that fossil fuels have on the climate by the process of global warming
  • Students will discover the social, political and environmental effects of climate change and how to create change through systematic solutions frameworks

Understand how our programs align with the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

Click below to view specific subjects and learning areas and how they supplement curriculum topics:

Years F-4
Years 3-6
Years 7-8
Years 9-12 (Coming soon!)

Availability
Monday – Thursday during term time
For weekend and school holiday bookings please contact

Full Day: 10am – 2pm ( 3 activities)
Welcome and introductions –20 mins
Session with CERES educator – 60 mins
Break – 20 mins
Session with CERES educator – 50 mins
Break – 30 mins
Session with CERES educator – 60 mins
Explore CERES – Make sure you leave some time to explore the many spaces of our beautiful park, including our new Terra Wonder PlaySpace.

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide below to spark students’ curiosity before their visit and add value to your experience whilst at CERES. It’s also designed to deepen students’ learning back at school.

Years F-4
Years 3-6
Years 7-8
Years 9-12

Watch the following video to understand what CERES is all about and to get you and your students excited about your visit!

Also check out this 2040 film trailer, an aspirational journey to discover what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best that exists today.

Year Level
Years F-12

Cost
Full day:
10am – 2pm
$550 per group
(Max group size 25 students)

+ $10 booking fee

Ratio

F – Y2 | 1 adult : 5 students
Y3 – 6 | 1 adult : 10 students

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