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Partnership with Dairy

Cows Create Careers – Farm Module

Project Objectives

The Cows Create Careers – Farm Module:

  • Introduces students to the opportunities for both vocational and university pathways.
  • Involves dairy farmers and industry advocates who have vision and dairy industry knowledge to encourage and support students with the project.
  • Supports students in making career decisions by providing and creating linkages between the education and employment sectors.
  • Rewards successful students and schools at the program conclusion, Presentation & Awards Day.

Project Summary

The Cows Create Careers – Farm Module involves:

  • Dairy farmers delivering two calves for a 3 week period to the school.
  • Supplies and curriculum materials being provided to the school at no cost.
  • An industry advocate visiting the school and talking to the students.
  • Students working in teams of 4-5 to complete assessment tasks.
  • A Presentation & Awards Day.
  • Media coverage throughout the project.

Project Achievements

Currently delivered in 23 dairying regions across Australia, involving 238 schools and over 11,000 students per year. First started in 2004, so has been running successfully in schools for 13 years.

Camembert in the Classroom

Project Objectives

Camembert in the Classroom Project:

  • Introduces students to dairy industry manufacturing career pathways.
  • Provides a platform to introduce students to the Australia dairy industry and its products.
  • Trains teachers on how to make Camembert cheese and transfer this knowledge to a class of students.
  • Involves dairy farmers and manufacturing advocates who have vision and dairy industry knowledge to encourage and support students with the project.
  • Rewards successful students and schools at the ‘Big Day Out’ presentation day.

Project Summary

Camembert in the Classroom project involves:

  • School teachers attending a Camembert cheese making workshop.
  • Teachers present the project to a classroom of students.
  • Students work in teams of 2-3 to make Camembert cheese and complete assessment tasks.
  • A ‘Big Day Out’ presentation day.
  • Media coverage throughout the project.

Project Achievements

This project has been taking place in Australian schools since 2011 and funding is currently being sourced for the continuation.

Dairy Manufacturing

Project Objectives

The Dairy Manufacturing project:

  • Introduces students to dairy manufacturing career and education pathways
  • Involves manufacturing industry advocates who have vision and dairy industry knowledge to encourage and support students with the project
  • Introduces students to the Australian dairy industry and its products
  • Rewards successful students and schools at the Presentation & Awards Day.

Project Summary

The Dairy Manufacturing project involves:

  • Teachers present the project to a classroom of students
  • Curriculum materials being provided to the school at no cost
  • An industry advocate visiting the school and talking to students about their manufacturing career pathway or alternatively students visiting a dairy manufacturing site
  • Students work in teams of 2-3 to complete assessment tasks
  • A Presentation & Awards Day
  • Media coverage throughout the project.

Project Achievements

This project has been taking place in Australian schools since 2010 and funding is currently being sourced for the continuation.

Picasso Cows & Picasso Cows Make-Over Programs

Dairy Australia’s Picasso Cows program is a free curriculum based program, assisting primary school teachers in telling the Australian dairy industry story. It incorporates a focus on children developing nutrition and food origin knowledge, helping them to establish healthy eating habits for life.

The program makes the learning process engaging by creatively bringing the dairy industry to life for everyone involved. The program is hands on, highly interactive and motivational, catering for many learning styles. It encourages the development of ideas and creativity through cooperation and teamwork.

The Picasso Cows program has been written in accordance with the Australian Curriculum and is supported by a selection of resources for teachers. These resources contain extensive curriculum links and have been designed to complement teacher programming.

What is the Picasso Cows program?

Each participating school works on a blank, life-size fibre glass cow. The learning focus will be on one of

the following dairy-related themes:

  • Unbeatable Bones
  • Fuel for Life
  • Farm to Plate

An information module coincides with each of the above themes and can be found on the Discover Dairy website: www.dairy.edu.au/discoverdairy In addition to working on the cow, students create a school journal documenting the learning journey from start to finish.

On program completion, 10 students, teachers and parents from each participating school in the region or metropolitan area attend a presentation day. A Legendary prize of $250 is awarded to the school with the highest aggregate score for the cow and school learning journal.

Each participating school keeps their cow and school learning journal at the end of the program. To generate media around the program, teachers are provided with a media toolkit. The toolkit will assist schools to promote themselves as well as key messages about dairy foods and the Australian dairy industry to the wider community.

Project Achievements

Currently delivered in 138 schools across Australia, involving approximately 6,210 students per year. First started in 2008, so has been running successfully in schools for 8 years.