Monash Vale Early Learning Centre’s award-winning project started when the children noticed that the vegetable garden had gone dry during the summer break. Discussion led to the discovery that plants need water to grow and that the water source was a long way from the plants. The children investigated the water cycle, water harvesting and sustainability practices. Based on their observations and discoveries, the children designed, modeled and built their own working water tank. The project included inquiry-based, hands-on and practical work, documentation ownership and elements of design, engineering, science, maths, literacy and technology.
What we said about it
We loved that the project was sparked by observations and questions from the children. After researching the water cycle, the children found a real-world problem – the water in the outdoor area was limited and a long way away from the vegetable beds. This lead to more investigations, and a design and modelling phase. We can imagine the excitement when the project lead to the creation of a working tank built from recycled materials.