Resources and useful links

This page provides links to a range of useful resources and websites for Tasmanian educators looking to inspire students about the innovation and diversity on offer in Australian agriculture.

New resources and links are being added on a regular basis, so come back every now and then to see what’s new.

Cross-industry resources

The Primezone website

Primezone provides teachers with single-point access to a range of primary industries education resources.

This website is an initiative of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA).

The Career Harvest website

Recently taken over by PIEFA, the Career Harvest website is in the process of being refreshed, but showcases the opportunities and pathways to an immense range of careers in agriculture.

Engaging students in STEM using Agriculture

The practical experiments outlined in this booklet are designed and adapted to engage students in concepts and skills used by agricultural scientists and the agriculture industry. They can also be used to teach and reinforce aspects of many curriculums of science and food related school subjects.

These practicals are ordered by increasing level of complexity, where earlier experiments are aimed at late primary/early high school students, and later practicals for high school/college level.

Each practical contains the section ‘Syllabus Links, which guides the teacher at a glance to whether the practical is relevant to the course they teach.

Click here to download resource

FarmVR

FarmVR is a Virtual Reality Agricultural Experience, designed to ‘immerse’ people into various agricultural experiences to learn more about where their food comes from, consider Agriculture and a career pathway and assist teachers to engage with their students in the classroom.

Visit the FarmVR website to download the FarmVR app and immerse yourself in agriculture now.

Student Edge

Student Edge is a membership-based organisation for secondary and tertiary students, with more than 950,000 members. Student Edge’s vision is to create a world where students are empowered and supported to make great life choices. Through its website and mobile app, Student Edge provides a number of services to students, to help them save and manage money, get ‘job ready’ and discover their career pathway.

Commissioned by the Shire of Manjimup’s SEED Program, recent research, conducted by Youth Insight and made possible through Royalties for Regions funding by the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) investigated perceptions of secondary students towards agriculture, with insights into how they access and explore potential careers.

Download the outcomes from this research and discover how you can inspire your students to find their place in agriculture.

Dairy resources

The dairy industry has a plethora of exciting resources and educational opportunities.  Check out the Discover Dairy website.

If your students are wondering about a career in the dairy industry, share with this handy poster with them or explore the Stepping stones | Career planning booklet — it’s udderly mind-blowing just how many career opportunities there are in the dairy industry.

If you’re looking for a local contact to support your classroom activities, you’ll find a list of regional contacts on the Dairy Australia Website.

Forest Learning | Agroforestry — Trees at Work on the Farm!

Produced by a senior agricultural science teacher for year 9–10 agriculture students (NB: activities are also applicable to science and design and technology), and with assistance from Private Forests Tasmania, CSIRO, University of Tasmania, Yan Yan Gurt West Farm, Private Forestry Service Queensland, The University of Melbourne, this resource showcases current Australian case studies and the real science underpinning the use of trees within an agricultural landscape for productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability.

Download your class copy here!

Wool resources

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has a wide range of interactive and hands-on resources for students from early childhood through to tertiary levels.

Take a look at the Learn About Wool website and order a free hard copy Learn About Wool kit, containing posters, factsheet and fibre, yarn and fabric samples for your classroom.

For the full on-farm VR experience, check out the Woolmark VR app.  Keep an eye out for new  augmented reality (AR) additions over the coming months.

Encourage your students to access the online Woolmark Learning Centre and explore the Wool Introductory Course or take a deeper dive into the world of wool with the Wool Appreciation Course.