COVID-19 has brought its challenges for humans whereas some animals have reclaimed territories and enjoyed a quieter and more peaceful world as the result of the pandemic. However, there are suggestions that this swooping season may be more stressful for both magpies and humans in Victoria as the birds struggle to recognise people wearing face masks!
Once you have reached your centre without being attacked and the parents have managed to safely drop off their children, you may be worried about how to keep the children in your service safe from magpies when playing outdoors during swooping season.
Putting a positive spin on this nuisance, Pamela Allen tells us the story of three creative engineers who terrify the magpie with their invention, allowing them to walk past its nesting tree safely.
What could it be that they invented? How else can children use their engineering skills to address real needs in their environment? How can technology help humans and animals to live together?
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
Discover your inner engineer and learn how to encourage children’s technical thinking process in an active learning environment. Engineering workshop.
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