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Can Soil Save Us? integrates mathematics and different scientific disciplines to evaluate the capabilities and limitations of different soil types. By examining biological activity and assessing the availability of water and nutrients within soil we can establish a healthy balanced and agriculturally productive soil.

Students develop an understanding of soil health by collecting and analysing their own soil samples (or BTS can provide samples from hypothetical industry customers) utilising different laboratory tests and technology. They interpret their results to develop soil and land management recommendations that can optimise growing conditions and crop yields.

Session 1:

Students prepare soil samples for analysis, evaluate soil sedimentation tests and assess for biological activity.

Session 2:

Carry out laboratory water retention tests, perform pH and nutrient chemical tests and analyse collected results.

Session 3:

Present recommendations to improve soils health and experiment with corrective soil additives.

*We are looking at developing a VCE version of this program focusing on Chemistry Units 1 & 2. If you would like to be involved in co-designing and trialling it with your students please contact us.

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