Agriculture in Australia is one of the backbones of our economy and ensures our population has food security. The industry is full of complex technological developments which help to increase production and efficiency, making the job for farmers more economical and sustainable. Understanding agricultural systems as whole ecosystems can help us manage our farms more efficiently, and build more resilient systems for the future. In this activity, students use a range of data collection techniques to assess biomass, plant and soil health in a patch of land, and think about ways in which farmers could manage these ‘plots’ to be more regenerative and resilient.
This activity aligns with and extends concepts and content within the Stage 3 Science and Technology and Mathematics syllabuses, the 7-10 Science, Agricultural Technology and Mathematics syllabuses and the 7-8 Technology Mandatory syllabus. The science focus is on working scientifically and aligns with the Living World strand in Years 5-10, and the Earth and Space strand in Years 5-10.