DairyTas and Into Dairy recently supported the introduction of the TAP to delegates at the NAAE (National Association of Agricultural Educators) Conference, "Celebrating diversity and innovation in agriculture and education" which was held in Launceston and was hosted by TAEN (Tasmanian Agricultural Education Network). Keynote speakers included Tim Gentle (THINK.DIGITAL), Michael McQueen with strategies for engaging tomorrow’s students and Colin Fassnidge who demonstrated how best to explain to students about paddock to plate and eliminating waste while cutting up a suckling pig. The TAP model was showcased, "TAPping into the community, an innovative curriculum model" in a series of workshops and field trips in what was a very stimulating, thought provoking conference with many inspiring educators present. Thanks TAEN.
What can TAP help you teach in 2018?
Cause and effect, Problem solving, Contextualized learning, Consequences, Creativity skills, Connecting classrooms, Presenting a report, Growth, Reinforce learning, Stewardship, Interpreting data, Story telling, Percentage / ratio, Inquiry based learning, Real world issues, Careers, Probability, Implementing change, Mentors, Critical thinking skills, STEM, Nutrition, Creativity skills, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social responsibility, Measurement, Coding, Body systems...etc
The TAP "...inspiring & fits in what is best practice category for fostering food & fibre in schools."
Chooks playing bingo, embryo transfers, growing food on Mars, marketing, flooded paddocks, robot milkers, keeping kids safe on farms, bushfire disaster planning, Caterpillar graders, fork art, prosthetic limbs, BAA+RAM+You, farm maps, ‘bee happy’, virtual reality Ag and journey from paddock to plate with dairy, beef and sheep farmers… it’s been a diverse, innovative and busy year for the TAP.
The TAP is a partnership between the Timboon P12 School and industry — more than 343 people from outside the school working inside the school (and on lots of farms and other places) since the TAP started in mid 2012! It’s no wonder the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Group Executive Officer, Tony Ford, described the TAP as, “…inspiring and fits in what is best practice category for fostering food and fibre in schools.”
During their final science and chemistry class for 2017 the Year 8 Camembert students hosted Julian Benson from Apostle Whey Cheese who spoke about his journey and the importance of hard work and persistence to achieve your goals. As a class celebration students then made ice cream using liquid nitrogen… look out 2018 Masterchef!!!
To celebrate the TAP Year 8 Science Camembert in the Classroom unit a cheese appreciation night was held which showcased the learnings undertaken by students this term. Mr Mottram outlined the unit which included an OHS Food Safety - Food Hygiene test, the history of cheesemaking and camembert, a dairy industry milk carton project, making camembert cheese, the health benefits of dairy products, cheese making procedural posters, milk experiments, yoghurt production, producing an advertisement to promote dairy and will conclude with ice cream making in the last week of term. Students and parents then viewed the ads produced by students while their cheese were judged by Mr Mottram and Bruce Vallance. Judges, Carolyn Woods and Robyn Vale, had a difficult time determining the winner of the advertisement challenge as there were many ads which delivered clear and concise messages about dairy as per the instructions of advertising executive Karen Foster. Thank you to the parents and students who participated in the event, our judges and Mr Mottram, Mrs Maxwell and Ms Allan for this great opportunity.
In preparation for the Year 8 Science Cheese Appreciation night students were treated to Cheesemaking 101 introduced by WCB cheese grader Steve Billington. He provided cheeses for the students to sample and taught them how to articulate the differences between Colby, Extra Tasty and Vintage cheeses and how to use all of their senses to identify different types of cheese by their various attributes. Steve explained the differences in the way that camembert and cheddar are produced and highlighted the differences in the scale and type of production.
The TAP lavender was introduced at the annual Timboon Artisans Market by Commerce teacher, Carolyne Wakefield, who outlined the place of Timboon P12 School’s lavender farm in the school curriculum and showcased student goods such as heat packs, lavender bags, distilled oil, body cream and lavender sprays. The lavender was proudly on display and for sale alongside other local products and producers such as Kangaroobie Beef, Great Ocean Ducks, Timboon Fine Ice Cream, Schulz Organic Milk, Apostle Whey Cheese and the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery.
Today the Year 7/8 Coding class hosted Year 11 student Sean Lenehan who outlined the requirements and restrictions involved in flying drones in our region. Sean stressed the importance of setting the drone up properly and discussed how it can be used in agriculture to check stock, irrigation, troughs etc and for photography or videos including landscapes as evidenced in his Sean Lenehan Photography business. Enjoy the birds eye view of our new school building courtesy of Sean's drone.
After the conclusion of TAP’s On! 2017 several activities were later continued in the classrooms to conclude the day’s proceedings. The Year 3 class were fortunate enough to host Roberto D’Andrea from The Connies who challenged and extended their knowledge of all things “Feathers, Fur and Leaves”. In the Art room students completed their Art/Science/Technology/Design milk carton puppets from the “Animal Show” workshop while students in Years P-2 recounted their thoughts on the day’s activities.
So…Producing food on Mars, determining how many people it takes to create a hamburger, tutelage by award winning journalist Simone Smith, exploring probability via chooks, learning about the potential of businesses in this area with the Pop up Market feature and Mark Cuthall from Port Campbell Tourism.
What else? The Connies imparted knowledge about biodiversity, plant prints were created, lizards, turtles and a snake were classified, a trip in the Tardis taught us about the evolution of our volcanic region, a destination in dairy was established, robotic coding was demonstrated and students were introduced to Farm Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality with THINK.DIGITAL among a host of other activities. The Pop Up markets featured local foodies as way of showcasing the magnificent produce and businesses in our region including Timboon Peanut Butter, Go Nuts on the Great Ocean Road, the Corangamite Shire Fire Safety game, Heytesbutry and District Landcare, Timboon Fine Ice Cream, Kangaroobie Beef, Great Ocean Ducks, Timboon Berry World and our Lavender on TAP.
Almost five hundred students from Timboon P-12 School and Simpson Primary School participated in the series of peer lead workshops and displays held at Timboon in a celebration of our exciting agriculture based curriculum.
Once again, we are very grateful to the Gall Family Foundation for their support of TAP's On! 2017.