Edu.Cat is a free and exciting education program focusing on fostering responsible cat ownership and protecting our wildlife.
What is Edu.Cat?
Edu.Cat is an exciting Australian-first Kinder – Year 7 Curriculum aligned feline education program focusing on fostering responsible cat ownership with the aim to create social change in how people care for cats and protect wildlife.
The program is free and available to all schools in Tasmania. It is focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges, including school visits with engaging hands on activities, teacher guidebooks, activity plans, student workbooks, online resources and more.
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What are our educational messages?
- Care and improved welfare for cats and pets.
- Desexing to reduce the unwanted number of cats and kittens.
- Microchipping to assist with the return of cats to their owners.
- Containment to improve the welfare of cats, community relationships and protection of all wildlife.
Edu.Cat is FREE to all schools in Tasmania.
The content is tailored for the following year groups;
- Kinder – basic needs, wants and features of cats.
- Prep – needs, wants of pets and cat safety in the home. Students design and construct a diorama to show all the items that meet the needs and wants of a pet cat.
- Year 1 – what are features of a cat, offspring is called a litter of kittens and importance of desexing through story time.
- Year 2 – history of pet cats, cat feature bingo, offspring and the importance of de-sexing. Students design and construct a model of a cat using materials that reflect the function of its body parts. Cats can be displayed in offspring groups.
- Years 3/4 – students learn about cat containment and what cats need in an enclosure or inside. Reasons for microchipping are introduced. Students will design and make a model of a cat containment playground with living and non living things.
- Years 5/6 – students learn how cats have adapted to be excellent hunters. They learn about feral cats’ survival skills and the suffering of stray and abandoned cats who have adapted to the life of a pet. Desexing and microchipping is discussed. Students design and construct a cat toy from reused materials to keep cats happy inside or in an enclosure which is suited to their hunting adaptations.
- Year 7 – students learn about the effect of feral cats on the food chain and food web in Tasmania and solutions to protecting native wildlife from feral cats. De-sexing microchipping and containment is discussed.
- Year 8 Plus – under development but taking enquiries.
Kinder: 30 minutes per class
Prep – Year 6: 60 minutes per class
Note: Some schools may wish to run 2 x 30-minute sessions for each grade either over 2 consecutive days or 30 minutes in the morning followed by 30 minutes in the afternoon.
Year-specific Teacher Guide
This guidebook includes year specific detailed STEM activity planning documents, curriculum links, learning intentions, key inquiry questions, success criteria, online resource links, and the student workbook.
These include additional learning resources to assist with the STEM challenges and additional curriculum linked independent or teacher-led activities. These workbooks vary between year levels, scaffolding knowledge in accordance with curriculum and ability.
Some schools opt to use the pre- assessments to measure existing knowledge prior to the incursion. It is provided at the time of the booking confirmation and emailed to teachers 7 – 10 days prior to the incursion.
For several year levels, the program may include extra resources. For example, in Year 1, the class teacher is provided with a picture storybook (It’s Raining Cats and Cats by Jeanne Prevost) which can be used as a take-home storybook before making its way to the library. All classes are provided with bookmarks and Certificates of Achievement which teachers can choose to award to all students on the completion of their STEM Challenge.