The science kits were accompanied by a teacher guide and fact sheet, providing teachers with everything necessary to roll out the module.
Children aged 8-10 investigated the factors farmers must balance when planning their grass growth.
Each of the 200 classrooms conducted an experiment investigating the impact of an independent variable (soil, temperature, water or sunlight) on a dependent one (speed of growth, amount of growth or height).
The module was about learning that changing one thing has an impact on the outcome of a simple experiment.
Waiuku’s Aka Aka School principal Michaelene Nu'u says her class enjoyed the hands-on nature of the study and it gave children an insight to the different roles of a farmer.
“We talked about why it might be important to consider weather and soil conditions for growing grass and the students identified the need for farmers to produce feed for their animals.
The children could explain that farmers would need to grow as much quality grass as possible to keep the cows producing milk,” says Michaelene.
“From carrying out the experiment, they learnt that the conditions seeds are planted in affect the outcome as to how much grass is produced and how quickly it grows.
“We learnt that it’s not just about the soil, but also the amount of warmth, light and moisture that affects the rate of growth and quality of grass produced. It was really interesting for the kids to compare rates of growth depending on the conditions.”
What is DairyNZ’s education programme?
DairyNZ's education programme in schools is delivered in partnership with an organisation called School Kit. Together, we develop and deliver learning resources that explore different curriculum subjects through a dairying lens. Our aim is to improve children’s understanding of dairy farming and spark their interest in dairying as an exciting career option.
To find out more visit dairynz.co.nz/education.