Scarecrow Designing in Year 5 and 6

​Our Year 5 and 6 students have been busy this term designing and building scarecrows. In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important that our students develop knowledge and confidence to critically analyse and creatively respond to design challenges. Our Year 5 and 6 students have been doing just that in response to a design challenge offered by the Brisbane Ekka. This challenge aligned well with the Design & Technology key learning area in the Australian Curriculum. The students worked on a design brief and theme provided by the Ekka to design a scarecrow that best represents the country they were given, whilst still meeting the functional requirements of the scarecrow. Scarecrows have helped save farmers' crops for hundreds of years and this competition offered students a great opportunity to combine their geography and science skills and knowledge with design and art to create a solution to a problem. Embracing the theme of four seasons, the students collaborated together to research how to dress their scarecrow according to the season and protection of the crop that grows in their selected country. The winner will be presented by the Governor of Queensland his Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey and the winning scare crow will be placed in the gardens of Government House until Ekka 2020. So if you’re visiting the Ekka this year, make sure you drop into the outdoor display within The Old Museum precinct to view our students’ brilliant designs.