Be a Bush Scientist - an integrated science program designed for children in Years 1 to 4 that demonstrates the value of their natural environment, introducing the concepts of biodiversity and sustainability.
The program has been written by Felicity Bradshaw and published by the University of Western Australia through its SPICE programme.
Digital resources for Be a Bush Scientist.
No installation required.

1. Click --> Be a bush scientist to download (85MB)
2. Unzip
3. Open index.html in your browser
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First written for the study of remnant Banksia woodland, which is the habitat for the Honey possum, A Tale of Two Honey Possums is used to ENGAGE children in a particular environment.

The programme, however, is adaptable to other types of native bush, or even areas of the schoolyard containing some natural habitat and is currently being adapted for the Pilbara and Western Desert regions.

Using methods of observation, recording and analysis, children ARE the scientists as they EXPLORE and EVALUATE the basic elements of the bush, namely plants, animals and litter. The extent to which these elements are explored are linked to the programme directives as set out in the ACARA biological science curriculum for Primary Schools.

The children progressively recreate the main components of the bush in their classroom through the construction of an 'ecogram', which provides a model for understanding how the bush 'works'. Each component in the 'ecogram' is physically connected with another, based on the relationship between producer and consumer. In this way, the bush is represented visually as a single 'organism', or ecosystem, with each element dependent upon another.

For more information you may like to read
Creating a new generation of 'bush scientists' from the University of Western Australia's "Uniview"

Honey Possum South West, Western Australia
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