Welcome to Koala Smart
A living Australian icon, the koala is one of the world’s most loved animals. There are a
multitude of dangers and threats to the koala’s survival. As an individual, saving a species
is just about impossible. But, collectively, we can make a big difference.
Koala Smart lays out seven comprehensive and motivating steps for you and your
students to develop a project that could help save the koala.
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Koala Smart Framework
Use this framework to access the different stages of the Koala Smart journey
See all SIX core lessons by scrolling down the page to Step 2
LEARNING AREAS & CURRICULUM CODES
How Koala Smart lessons and associated learning activities relate to curriculum and cross- curriculum priorities.
STep 1: Tune In & Build Empathy
Build a connection with Koalas by taking an excursion, real or virtual, to understand the problems facing koalas today.
And don't forget about our EXCLUSIVE virtual school excursion to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital!
STep 3: Connect To Experts
Hear from a range of experts, in our exclusive interviews with a diverse group of people who wish to save the koalas. These interviews and profiles will show the range of perspectives and careers involved in saving the koala.
Step 4: Define a Focus
Choose how you want to help save the koalas. Design a solution, create action and deepen your understanding in specific areas or continue to research & advocate for koalas.
Koala Smart’s “Critical Friends” are here to help, remember to submit an outline of the concept being developed for expert guidance and/or feedback.
Step 5: Choose a Path
Follow the disciplined process for your chosen path to develop your solution.
Research & Inquiry
Step 6: Test & Share
Bring everyone together to share and celebrate their journey of creation and discovery in becoming Koala Smart.
Submit your solution to Koala Smart, we review all submissions and collaborate with our partners, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital with the goal of applying your ideas in the real world.
Step 7: Reflect & Dream BIG!
Reflect on your journey with a hypothetical exercise allowing students to moonshot, inspiring them beyond Koala Smart!