As part of the Sheepy Science project in Victoria students attended a successful two day sheep science camp. Students stayed on a commercial farm ‘Warrambeen’ where they were up close with common sheep husbandry practices such as drenching, inoculation and shearing and discovered the science behind these practices. A visit to the National Wool Museum at Geelong was a highlight of the camp as students were given the opportunity to research various aspects of the wool industry including the history of wool in Australia, changes in technology over time and the science of wool. Students also visited the DPI research farm at Werribee where they observed real life, practical examples of sheep-related research and learnt about careers in the associated industries. Other activities on the camp included student participation in a wool processing activity as if they were real farmers ‘Fabric to Yarn’, and conducting faecal egg counts.
As a result of the project, sheep industry fieldwork now exists for schools in Victoria. In addition teachers can access a sheep industry resource list and teaching resources produced during the project (including the ‘Fabric to Yarn’ activity).
Proposal for the Warrambeen Project
Powerpoint Summary of the Project
Sheep Camp Woodleigh Letter
Sheep Camp Woodleigh Letter 2
Comments from Students
Powerpoint – Faecal Egg Test for Sheep
Post Camp Evaluation
Fabric to Yarn Activity
Sheep Education Resources List
Sheep Industry Field Work
Students Experience Sheep Industry
DPI News Article
Stock and Land Article