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2 Plants & Panels School Incursions The most exciting thing about these incursions is the trailer. It s new and different. You actually get to see and touch what you re working with. Pip Hildebrand, Plants & Panels incursion leader The first of its kind in Australia energy education that s alive. OUR INCURSIONS We teach applied maths and science, design-thinking and problem-solving through hands-on experiences This is a cutting edge educational experience based on cutting edge technology Real life skills taught through student-centred teaching Our workshops use a combination of Harvard Visible Thinking Tools and the E5 instructional model A rare, engaging opportunity to provide energy efficiency education to years 2 6 and 7 10 Activities have been developed in line with AusVELS and the Australian Curriculum and cover solar technology, temperatures, finance green roofs, climate change, sustainable cities, gardening and sustainable practices in the home and community Learn about the designs and technologies that are shaping our future WE OFFER All workshops deliver lessons in Indigenous & Torres Strait Islander culture 2 experienced workshop leaders Assistance for Resource Smart Schools In associated services parents can learn how to create a green roof and support their children through hands on experiences at home ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES 2-6 Green Designs: design your own school green roof and solar project using a map of your school Plant It Up: get your hands dirty and learn how to plant a green roof module Size up your site: Measure and assess the green infrastructure potential of your own school building. Measure up: compare heat readings to learn how plants can help to keep us cool in summer Plants & Panels: investigate how solar power and plants benefit each other Solar Story: Discover the power of solar and learn how we harness energy from the sun. 2

3 Plants & Panels School Incursions ADVANCED TOPICS: FUTURE GROWERS Activities for years 7-10 Biology & Ecology Photosynthesis & Evapotranspiration Water and Nutrient cycling Heat & Physics: Measuring thermal loading THE BASICS 45 minute sessions Half day, full day and multiple day packages Class sizes of up to 24 students We provide teachers with suggestions for follow on activities to extend student learning All supporting material provided. You book it and we come to you. Special activities which dovetail with School Tree Day, World Environment Day, Biodiversity Day and National Water Week ASSOCIATED SERVICES (OPTIONAL) DIY green roof workshops for adults in the school community Crowd funded campaign for energy efficiency measures in the school PIP HILDEBRAND PLANTS AND PANELS PROGRAM MANAGER Pip designed Do it on the Roof s first Plants and Panels program for schools. She is an experienced educator who loves working with school students and has previously delivered school incursions for Melbourne Water. Pip holds the Green Roofs 101 certificate from Green Roofs Australasia and a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne. In 2015 she completed her Research Smart Facilitation training. Ph: OUR PARTNER WHAT NEXT? Contact Pip Hildebrand at to register your interest and discuss particular needs. 3

4 Level 3, 673 Bourke St Melbourne 3000 Australia T +61 (0) E Plants & Panels School Incursion Price List We would be pleased to bring the Sustainability Rover to your school to deliver an incursion in applied maths and science. We offer five workshop topics which teach energy, horticulture and design through hands-on explorations of the beautiful and technically innovative Rover. CLASS SIZES Plants & Panels workshops are designed for classes of up to 24 students. We understand that student absences are unavoidable, so we cap our various packages for your convenience. PACKAGES & PRICES The Plants & Panels workshops are delivered by two expert demonstrators. We offer half day, full day and multiple day incursion packages as follows: Two days Full day Half day 14 workshops of 45 minutes each $ GST 7 workshops of 45 minutes each $ GST 4 workshops of 45 minutes each $960 + GST $7.44 per student $8.89 per student $10.00 per student The price excludes the cost of any additional plants requested by the school. Packages can be combined to suit your needs. Note. Schools further than 50km from the CBD incur a $50 travel fee for each additional 50km. YEAR LEVELS The core price Plants & Panels program is directed at prep- grade 6. We also offer secondary workshops for years 7-10 through our Future Growers program. Contact Pip to find out more. BOOKINGS & PAYMENT TERMS Pip Hildebrand, our School Incursion Program Manager, will be glad to assist you with all enquiries and to help you select workshops to suit your students. To book the incursion please contact Pip on or at We request a 50% deposit at the time of booking and the remainder 3 days prior to the incursion. Do it on the Roof is committed to providing high quality and affordable education to schools throughout Melbourne. To show our gratitude to our existing school customers we have developed our repeat and referral program. REPEAT PROGRAM Ongoing discount of 10% off the standard price for schools which re-engage Future Growers or Plants & Panels within 12 months of the school s most recent incursion. This offer covers incursions both for other year level or for the same year levels. REFERRAL PROGRAM 10% off the standard price for any school that refers another school who subsequently engages Future Growers or Plants & Panels within 12 months of their incursion. NB these offers can not be used in conjunction with each other or any other offer. CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the incursion may be subject to a cancellation fee of 50%. In the event of extreme weather, this cost will be waived. For more information, contact

5 Plants & Panels Instructional method We use a combination of Harvard Vizible Thinking Tools and the E5 instructional model to teach applied maths and science, design thinking and problem solving. Our workshops teach students about energy, biodiversity, horticulture and design. We have 5 pathways through these topics. Their learning outcomes are outlined below. GREEN DESIGNS In this activity, students explore the Sustainability Rover to learn about different types of green infrastructure, from ground based gardens to green roofs and walls. Using a demonstration module, students will learn how this technology supports plant growth by providing the essential requirements of plants. This activity focuses on the services that plants provide, and why they are important in our urban environment. Students learn about the designs which support plants and gardens in our cities. Building on these ideas, students create their own green designs using maps of the school, and discuss these designs and their outcomes. This activity supports the AusVELS science priority of sustainability as students will learn to appreciate that science provides the basis for decision making in many areas of society and that these decisions impact the Earth system. This activity also supports the AusVELS English priority of sustainability as students will be better equipped to investigate, analyse and communicate ideas and information related to sustainability, and to advocate and evaluate actions for sustainable futures. - Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive - Science is used to inform personal and community decisions - Earth s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity - Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity - Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties 1

6 PLANT IT UP In this activity, students learn about the physical and biological requirements of plants and the processes which affect their growth, while also receiving practical skills in plant handling and gardening. Students also learn about sustainable designs and technologies, including renewable energy and green roofs. Using a demonstration module, students discover the essential components and layers of a green roof and how these support plant growth. They also learn about the difference between substrate and soil, before participating in a team planting activity using green roof modules. This activity reflects the AusVELS sustainability priority and its organising ideas by teaching students that sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and restore the quality of environments. It also supports student understanding that all life forms, including human life, are connected through the ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival. - Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive - Science is used to inform personal and community decisions - Earth s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity - Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity - Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties SIZE UP YOUR SITE In this activity, students apply maths and science to measure and analyse a specific building at their school, identifying the key conditions which affect its potential to include green infrastructure. Students will measure and calculate the area and height of the building located and analyse its suitability for different types of vegetation and green technology. This activity supports the AusVELS English and Science priorities of sustainability as students will learn to appreciate that science provides the basis for decision making in many areas of society and that these decisions impact the Earth system. Students will also be better equipped to investigate, analyse and communicate ideas and information related to sustainability, and to advocate and evaluate actions for sustainable futures. Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive - The varying conditions and requirements of ground based versus at-height vegetation - How to calculate area and perimeter - Selecting plants for a specific site - Alternative water sources 2

7 MEASURE UP Recommended for summer incursions In this activity students learn about energy generation, heat transfer, and the physical properties of different materials. Students also learn about biological processes such as photosynthesis, plant growth and evapotranspiration. This activity is designed to support the principles of scientific theory including data collection, measurement, comparison and critical evaluation. This supports the AusVELS learning areas of science and technology, while also encouraging critical and creative thinking. This activity reflects the AusVELS sustainability priorities by exploring the relationships between systems and how they respond to change. Relationships including cycles and cause and effect are explored, and students develop observation and analysis skills to examine these relationships in the world around them. - Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties - Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive - Science is used to inform personal and community decisions - Weather conditions can affect the earth s surface - Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena - Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity SOLAR STORY In this activity, students learn the joy of scientific discovery through experimentation and observation, heightening their sense of curiosity. Students are invited to test and experiment with the use of different materials in order to understand the relationship between energy in sunlight and power (electricity) produced by solar panels. This activity supports the AusVELS science priority of sustainability as students will investigate the relationships between systems and components and how these systems respond to change. They will also explore the cycle of cause and effect and develop their observation and analysis skills. - The nature of scientific enquiry, including how to formulate and test a hypothesis - Measure and record observed data, in order to compare results from an experiment - Interpret data in order to validate or reject a hypothesis - Basic principles of solar energy that energy available in light can be converted to electricity by creating an electronic charge using a solar panel - Basic principles of physics that energy is not created or destroyed, it changes form - Communicate scientific understanding and justify ideas on the basis of evidence 3

8 PLANTS & PANELS CORE ACTIVITY In this activity, students learn about sustainable technologies and designs including green roofs and renewable energy. Building on this knowledge, students will learn about heat and energy transfer and how the physical properties of different materials affects these processes. Upon completing this activity, students will understand how different technologies can be used together to achieve more efficient and sustainable outcomes. This activity supports the AusVELS science priority of sustainability as students will investigate the relationships between systems and components and learn how these systems respond to change. - Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties - Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive - Science is used to inform personal and community decisions - Weather conditions can affect the earth s surface - Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity

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