Investigate Science and Technology Competition
What is Investigate?
The Investigate Science and Technology Competition is an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries School Program. The competition is open to all NSW Stage 3 students and teachers.
The aim of the competition is to stimulate an interest in science, technology and agriculture in young people and to promote the teaching of these subject areas in schools.
Investigate provides authentic learning experiences to support students' development of science, technology and communication skills. Real-world content guides the application of these skills in a meaningful learning context. By participating in the Investigate competition students will understand the role that science plays in their everyday lives.
The 2017 Investigate competition focuses on aphids. Aphids are a significant problem for gardeners and farmers throughout NSW and Australia. In 2016, the Russian wheat aphid, an exotic pest, was found in three Australian states, including NSW. Due to its rapid spread it is now classed as an endemic pest species and may affect the productivity of NSW agriculture.
How can we keep aphids away? Can you solve the problem and persuade others to help in the mission of keeping these pests away from our gardens and agricultural crops?
In 2016 the focus was on an emerging biosecurity threat, the red imported fire ant, which was detected at Port Botany in November 2014. Fire ants can negatively affect our recreational spaces, agricultural production and out-compete native species.
Registrations and entries for the Investigate: fire ants competition have NOW CLOSED but you can use the Investigate: fire ants Unit of Work and resources in your classroom.