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Growing Sustainable STEMs - Stage 3

Gardens in the city offer solutions to the real world problems of biodiversity loss, pollution, fresh food supplies, warming environments, well-being and much more.

Through a Design Thinking approach students will develop an understanding of the challenges of keeping our cities green, explore a variety of vertical garden designs and work collaboratively to construct a sustainable school garden for a small space. 

This workshop engages students with 21st Thinking Skills and creates a small space garden for your school!

Learning Activities

  • Students will learn about the amazing benefits of gardens to our cities and undertake the design process addressing the challenge of sustainable garden design for your school considering site opportunities, limitations and local environmental issues
  • They will examine and build sustainable urban garden designs in the Botanic Garden, learning about the design features and the plants that flourish here.
  • Students will also create a garden design concept for your school and an eye-catching poster to pitch your design to your school Principal! 


Stage 3


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Examines vertical garden designs in the gardens and the adaptations of the plants that flourish in them. 
  • Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment.
  • Develop a solution for increasing gardens and fresh food supplies in cities, where space is limited.
  • Explores the environment needed for plants to survive and thrive, when designing a small space garden.
  • Discovers suitable upcycled materials that can be reused to make a vertical garden.
Syllabus Outcomes

Focused Syllabus Outcomes


  • Plans and uses material, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity (ST3-2DP-T)
  • Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things (ST3-4LW-S)

Supported Syllabus Outcomes


  • Explains how food and fibre are produced sustainably in managed environments for health and nutrition (ST3-5LW-T)
  • Selects and applies appropriate problem-solving strategies, including the use of digital technologies, in undertaking investigations (MA3-2WM)
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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.