The GPS Cows program is a collaborative project bringing together researchers, industry professionals and educators in both Australia and the USA who understand the importance of, and are passionate about engaging students in agri-tech. The aim of GPS Cows is to increase the knowledge and skills of high school students in emerging agri-tech, specifically tools and systems which provide animal location and behaviour data, and to encourage them to consider tertiary study and a career in the agricultural sector.
The ‘Extension careers in reef water quality’ developed an educational resource aimed at high school students in years 7-10 that links agricultural education with extension officer career pathways by showcasing how the agricultural industry is addressing water quality in reef catchments. An interactive resource designed to promote critical thinking demonstrates how sugarcane is produced in Australia, its products and by-products and impact on the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn what the role of an extension officer is and how they have contributed to improvements in sugarcane productivity and environmental sustainability. Students will conduct their own experiments to understand the effect of farming practices on water quality. Download Sugarcane Learning Module resources: .
The ‘Women in Agri-tech’ project aims to create and foster a strong network of female teachers who will become leaders in digital literacy, STEM and entrepreneurship in regional, rural and remote areas. They will be guided by female researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop engaging learning resources which will in turn inspire girls in the classroom to realise the opportunities available to them. Partnering with their teachers, these female students will have the chance to participate in a unique agri-tech accelerator competition to further develop their entrepreneurship skills.
The GIPPYAg program supports better connectivity between Gippsland’s agri-food and the education sectors, by promoting collaboration and innovatively supporting businesses, teachers, schools and students to build effective and sustainable relationships, which benefit all parties and the food and fibre industry as a whole.
Raising Aspirations in Careers and Education – Gippsland (RACE – Gippsland) will deliver a range of hands-on, interactive and engaging activities to primary and secondary students focused on building student capacity in STEM, digital technologies, agribusiness, manufacturing and food and fibre concepts.
Gippsland ADAPT is a program to build capacity in Gippsland youth to respond to climate change impact on food and fibre production. By engaging young people in the region via online learning modules, a symposium and the Climate Champion program, Gippsland ADAPT will build the awareness of innovative climate adaptation activities occurring within the Food and Fibre industry. Students will be equipped with knowledge to share throughout their networks (peers, family, school community) and implement it throughout their future decision making and career pathways.
The ActiveEwe course has been developed to support the delivery of the Stage 5 Mathematics syllabus. The program has been co-developed by the NSW Department of Education and CQUniversity Australia (CQU). Participants will develop skills and understanding of accelerometers and their application in the collection of data. They will analyse both their own data and existing datasets to improve their mathematical skills to identify trends in data and also develop and apply algorithms to detect changes in the dataset.