Edu.Cat is an Australian-first STEM education program focusing on issues surrounding cat welfare, cat management and the positive and negative impact cats have on individuals, communities and wildlife. The subject matter of the program (cats) is tangible and appealing to students whilst the incursions and STEM Challenges and additional work book activities engage students in areas of:
Inspiring students in these professional fields and empowering them to make positive choices in cat ownership.
Developed by Ten Lives
Edu.Cat, developed in Tasmania by Ten Lives is available to all schools. The program includes complete Australian Curriculum – linked unit plans for Kinder, Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Years 3/4, Years 5/6 and Year 7 students (Years 8 – 10 are currently being developed). As students’ progress through the program they engage in new and exciting inquiry-based learning and STEM Challenges to build on information they have learnt in previous years. Ten Lives provides teachers with all supporting resources: Teacher Guides
Ten Lives provides teachers with all supporting resources: Teacher Guides, Students Books, STEM Challenges. There are additional activities linked to the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework, benchmark assessments and online resources.
All Edu.Cat curriculum-linked incursions are tailored to specific year levels and to the needs of individual schools which is highly desirable for teachers, as well as being fantastic for students.
Enquiries can be made for kittens to attend Edu.Cat sessions as an additional component to the program, subject to availability. Ten Lives also offers schools the opportunity to book a behind the scenes tour of Ten Lives, Tasmania’s largest cat shelter.
Edu.Cat paves the way for students to:
- problem solve
- work as a team
- be inspired
- participate in interactive learning engage in STEM
This is a truly unique and exciting Australian-first program which has received praise and positive feedback from various principals, teachers, DoE Curriculum Services Tasmania, the Sustainability Learning Centre, the Deputy Premier, veterinarians, councils, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Parks and Wildlife.
Key social, cultural, economic or environmental sustainability messages delivered
The program focuses on 3 key areas of responsible cat ownership with the aim to create social change through an exciting Australian-first Curriculum aligned Feline Education Program whilst igniting student engagement in the Science Curriculum through STEM Challenges.
The 3 areas are;
- 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 protect birds and wildlife
The needs and wants of a cat are also taught.
Changes in behaviour achieved (or expected)
Edu.Cat is designed to create long term social change in how people care for cats, improve community relationships and protect wildlife.
Outcomes and measures of success
This is a truly unique and exciting Australian-first program which has received praise and positive feedback from various principals, teachers, DoE Curriculum Services, the Sustainability Learning Centre, the Deputy Premier, various council members across the state, veterinarians, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Parks and Wildlife.
Links to STEM
Edu.Cat is eager to contribute to the ways in which Tasmanian students experience STEM fields. The Edu.Cat STEM Program paves the way for students to inquire, problem solve, work as a team and innovate. This is done through the delivery of interactive leaning during the incursion, coupled with the three STEM activities that are designed to work toward the completion of the STEM Challenge for each year level. The planning document for these activities can be found in the Teacher Guide
Links to the Australian Curriculum
Everything from the content delivered during the Edu.Cat incursion, to the STEM Challenges and the additional activities within the workbook, include links to the current Australian Curriculum. The program is designed in a way that enables teachers to use the elements of the unit for benchmark assessment across multiple levels and content descriptions. Each Teacher Guide includes the Year level curriculum links ordered by subject. The activity specific links are provided in conjunction with the General Capabilities for the STEM activities. Curriculum links can also be found throughout the student workbook section in the Teacher Guide.