Devonport School worked with the Department of Conservation and the local community to track pests on our local Maunga, Takarunga. We had noticed a lack of native birds in our area and our theory was that the pests inhabiting the area were making it difficult for native birds to thrive. The platoons worked hard over the term to draw attention to the problem we had identified, and to come up with a solution
We used pest tracking pads to work out which pests lived on the mountain. The students constructed tracking tunnels and used them to monitor pest activity in the local area. We then investigated what we could do to help. We followed the STEM process to design either pest traps, or devices to attract native wildlife.
In order to educate the wider school community, an exhibition was held forr parents and the community which showcased the actions of the students. This was very successful!