MOUNT Gambier High School students are learning the intricacies of the dairy industry this semester through an industry-led educational program.
Curds and Why, developed by Great Ocean Road Dairy, takes practical science to the classroom by examining the cheese making process and the chemistry of great cheese.
Mount Gambier High School teacher Jessica Kennedy said the program helped bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Great Ocean Road senior brand manager Tracy Wong said Curds and Why highlighted the array of career opportunities within Australia’s dairy industry.
“We are proud to support a program that offers real-life learning about the role chemistry plays in making dairy products,” Ms Wong said.
“By completing science experiments and reports, students learn there are many different skills and career opportunities in the dairy industry – including science, maths and manufacturing – all of which make Australia’s dairy industry exciting and cutting-edge.”
Year 9 STEM students will take part in the module, which involves 30 schools from across Australia.
The south-west Victorian company provides resources and curriculum.
As part of the project, students create dairy billboards to promote the Australian industry and showcase the connection between chemistry, curds and cheese.