Authentic STEM Problem Example: Royal Botanic Gardens

Sally Fierenzi
Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne

Points for Discussion

This videos discusses the challenges faced at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne, in regards to protecting their native wildlife. This clip can offer an authentic problem for your students to solve. It can also be used as a resource to discuss a problem based learning pedagogy with teachers. To support learning with this video, it might be worth considering the question:

How might we work to reduce the roadkill numbers to protect the native wildlife at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne?

While developing a solution to this problem, consider the following:

  • What do we need to find out before we can come up with a solution?
  • How might we apply our skills and knowledge in the STEM disciplines?

When planning to use a problem such as this in the classroom, consider the following:

  • How might we teach and assess skills and knowledge in the STEM disciplines?
  • How could leveraging a PBL or DBL pedagogy enhance student learning with this problem?

Additional Resources

For additional discussion about this problem, please follow the link to our STEMinar from 23/5/2019 'Exploring problem-based STEM teaching and learning approaches'