New Zealand is a food producing nation and water is at the heart of every part of the food production cycle. This field trip is a water journey exploring how we manage water sustainably for farming, food and our future: finding the balance between using and conserving.
You will follow the journey of water starting where it falls on our mountains: you will see water trapped and conveyed to farmers who apply it to their crops, where it is absorbed into plant material, processed into food and transported to you, the consumer.
To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:
The water cycle
Getting water to where it's needed
How water supports rural communities
How water is managed to balance environmental and economic goals.
During this field trip you will:
Follow Andrew's tweets on Twitter
Travel to the Canterbury mountains and see where our water journey starts
Visit the intake for the massive Canterbury Central Plains Water scheme
Track the journey of this water to plants that need it
See how water is taken up by plants as they make food
Explore how water is used in food processing
See how water is managed to protect the environment
See how irrigation is used in New Zealand.
Integrated with the New Zealand Curriculum vision, values, key competencies, principles, plus literacy and numeracy as well as learning areas such as science, social studies, mathematics, and technology.