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Wild weather

Ecolinc
Full Day
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Background

Weather affects all living things, including humans, on a daily basis.  Humans have the advantage of being able to control the climate inside buildings, or clothe themselves appropriately for going outdoors, and can also measure the weather and in most instances, predict it into the near future so that weather surprises are minimised.
 
Ecolinc is an ecologically sustainable designed (ESD) facility.  It has been designed to use less energy and water than a conventional building in keeping its occupants comfortable.  The Ecolinc building uses air movement to keep the building cool in summer and uses the sun’s energy to heat air in winter using hotbox technology.
 
Climate change is a global concern, with ongoing droughts, floods and issues of global warming reported worldwide.  It also impacts the timing of seasonal events for plants and animals in a given location.  It is important to be aware of the ways that the state of the climate is measured, namely a combination of weather measurements and observations of seasonal events in the environment.

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Understand the concepts of weather and distinguish this from climate.
  • Learn the principles of how we keep our buildings and ourselves comfortable in all weather conditions
  • Explain the function of a number of weather instruments.
  • Understand how climate change can affect animal and plant species.
  • Identify how some plants rely on extreme weather conditions to survive.

Activities

Students will:

  • Explore the ESD features of the Ecolinc building and how they keep the temperatures comfortable at all times of the year.  Investigate which fabrics keep people comfortable in various weather conditions.
  • Learn how the weather is measured, construct one of a variety of weather instruments (rain gauge, anemometer, or wind vane) and measure current weather conditions at Ecolinc.
  • Introduce the Wurundjeri seasons as a description the local climate of Bacchus Marsh, then explore the Ecolinc wetland, making observations of the seasonal behaviour of key animal and plant species.
  • Learn how plants and their seeds survive extreme weather events, and how some seeds need these events to germinate.  Prepare and plant these seeds in the nursery by mimicking these events.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Main climates of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places (VCGGK081)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)