Curriculum link and background
Get into Digital Agriculture has been developed to align with Level 7-8 of the Digital Technologies Victorian F-10 curriculum but suited to students interested in related disciplines of Agriculture, Geography and Science.
Across Australia agricultural choices are increasingly relying upon data that is acquired, transmitted and stored in a digital format using 'smart' technologies. On farm, data can now be collected through sensors that may be proximal or remote to the animals, plants and environments that are being monitored. How is this data collected? How might it be analysed? What kind of decision making could it inform? What other smart technologies would it enable?
In this workshop students will make a digital sensor that monitors the immediate environment of a plant. They will explore digital connectivity, acquire real time data using basic code, analyse their dataset to make precision choices that could impact the efficient use of agricultural resources, and view their data in a simulation of a resource management system similar to those currently in use at Agriculture Victoria SmartFarms across the state.
Extension Activity: Investigating data capture from a remote perspective, students will explore spatial imagery of farms taken from drones, planes and satellites. At a farm scale, they will have the opportunity to analyse maps comprised of diverse data layers and consider how this information can be used to inform precision agriculture.
Availability: By arrangement
Duration: 2 hours
Locations: - AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience (Melbourne), & Agriculture Victoria SmartFarms (Tatura, Ellinbank, Horsham, Hamilton)
Ph: +61 03 9032 7185